Start your family tree now Is your surname Clere?
There are already 366 genealogy profiles with the Clere surname on Geni. Join now to find your relatives.

Clere Genealogy and Clere Family History Information

‹ Back to Surnames Index

Create your Family Tree.
Discover your Family History.

  • Build your family tree online
  • Share photos and videos
  • Smart Matching™ technology
  • Free!
view all


  • Abigail Cromwell (Clere) (c.1621 - d.)
    Abigail Clere==* Daughter of Sir Henry Clere, 1st and Last Baronet Clere of Ormesby and Muriel Clere (Mundeford) ==History==Sir Henry, son of Sir Edward, was knighted at the Charter-House, London, May ...
  • Agatha de Clere (c.1225 - 1261)
    Children: 1. Alice le Rus b: 25 Dec 1245/1247The de Clere family of Sinnington was never all that numerous, and Agatha appears to have been the last of the direct line. Avice, Amice or Avicia de Plumpt...
  • Alice Clere (1487 - 1538)
    Clere (died 1538) was the daughter of Sir William Boleyn and his wife Margaret Ormond (otherwise Butler), the daughter and co-heiress of Thomas Butler, 7th Earl of Ormond. Alice was thus the sister of ...
  • Amice or Avicia de Plumpton (c.1220 - 1283)
    Do not confuse with Amice / Avicia de Clare, of Gloucester. 'She would belong to the de Clere family of Sinnington, Yorkshire (or possibly Ormesby, Norfolk), who were not related to the de Clares. Thei...
  • Ann Sherman (c.1550 - bef.1610)
    2nd Wife of Edmund Sherman - Ann Clere m: September 11, 1584 in Dedham d: Bef. January 12, 1609/10 in DedhamAnne Clere is the daughter of Nicholas Clere & Ann; Her mothers maiden name is unknown. She w...

About the Clere surname


de Clere

The origin of the name "de Clere" is disputed. Some claim that it is an abbreviation of "Clermont", others that it derives from Clères in Normandy, and still others that it is a locative for some place in England that was known for its exceptionally clear water.

A study on the possible origins of the name may be found here:


de Clere

There were originally two main branches of the de Cleres, one established in Norfolk (probably) since the Conquest, and the other at Sinnington in Yorkshire. It is not unlikely that the Sinnington branch is an offshoot of the Norfolk branch.

The Cleres of Sinnington were never numerous, and daughtered out after Roger III, who had no sons and either one (Agatha, m. William le Rus of Cumbria) or two (Amice/Avice, m. Nigel de Plumpton) daughters. There is some documentation for Agatha, but only circumstantial evidence for Amice/Avice (no other local de Clere for her to be the daughter of, and no reason for Nigel de Plumpton to go wife-hunting outside North Yorkshire).

The Cleres of Norfolk became numerous and prosperous, acquired the manor of Ormesby through an astute marriage, and flourished into the early 17th century.

At any time either line may have had its own now-forgotten cadet offshoots, and/or the name may have recurred spontaneously as a locative.


de Clere

The family de Clere is frequently, and mistakenly, misread as "de Clare". They were not related, as far as anyone has been able to find out.

other versions of this surname

  • St. Clere (which appears under this surname)
  • St. Cleere