Clarke is a common Irish surname, being popular in Ireland and the UK. It is the 20th most common surname in England as of 2008. It is a variant of Clark, Clerk or Clerke; the word deriving from the anglicised version of Ó Cléirigh. Clarke is an uncommon given name.
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Famous quotes containing the word clarke:
“He had a broad face and a little round belly,
That shook, when he laughed, like a bowlful of jelly.
He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,”
—Clement Clarke Moore (17791863)
“Mr. Clarke played the King all evening as though under constant fear that someone else was about to play the Ace.”
—Eugene Field (18501895)
“Burn Ovid with the rest. Lovers will find
A hedge-school for themselves and learn by heart
All that the clergy banish from the mind,”
—Austin Clarke (18961974)