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Type Surname (from occupation)
Usage French
Other Forms FormsLeclerc, Leclercq

Meaning & History

Occupational or status name for a member of a minor religious order or for a scholar Old French clerc from Late Latin clericus from Greek klērikos a derivative of klēros "inheritance legacy" with reference to the priestly tribe of Levites (see Levy ) "whose inheritance was the Lord". In medieval Christian Europe clergy in minor orders were permitted to marry and so found families; thus the surname could become established. In the Middle Ages it was virtually only members of religious orders who learned to read and write so that the term clerc later came to denote any literate man a scholar (hence its modern meaning "scribe secretary" or "clerk"). French cognitive of Clark and variant of Leclerc.
Added 2/13/2023 by Paradiso36
Edited 3/4/2023 by Paradiso36