So only Scotland is a normal country? At any rate, the surname Clare
is NOT particularly French, although it's origins may trace back to
the Normans as indicated below (from wikipedia)
Clare is a surname of English origin. The name is also prevalent among
families of Irish origin, and there is a Clare County, Clare Island
and River Clare in Ireland which attests to a long historical
relationship with those places. The name was likely derived from the
titular de Clare first held by Richard fitz Gilbert, a Welsh lord from
a Norman family.
Or from surnamedb.com:
Last name: Clare
This most interesting and ancient surname, with its long association
with the British nobility, has three possible origins. It may be Olde
English and derive from the pre 8th century word 'cleare' which
translates as 'bright or clear' and as such was applied to various
rivers and a Manor in the county of Suffolk. A second possibility is
French, from a place called Clere in Normandy and first recorded in
the 1086 Domesday Book of England, whilst the third is baptismal from
the French 'Claire' or the Latin 'Clara' which themselves translate as
'bright of fair'. The original spelling forms were Clere, Clarae,
Clara, Clare, and Clair(e), however there is some confusion in that in
the early days the surnames were almost always proceeded by the French
preposition 'de', although by the 16th century its use had almost died
out. Irish nameholders also trace their heritage from the same
sources, Richard de Clare, Earl of Pembroke, and better known as
'Strongbow' was the great leader of the Anglo-Norman Invasion of
Ireland in 1170. The primary source of the surname is probably the
Clare family of Clare in Suffolk, who received the Dukedom of Clarence
in 1362. Early examples of the surname include Bogo de Clare of Oxford
in the 1273 Kings Rolls, Goditha Clare of Kent in 1317, and Thomas
Clair of St Giles Cripplegate, London on January 19th 1664. The
'first' Clare/Clair(e) into the New American Colonies of King James 1
was probably Mr Clare, Master of the Ship 'Gods Gift' of London.
Unfortunately he was dead when he 'arrived' at Elizabeth City on or
about February 16th 1623. The first recorded spelling of the family
name is shown to be that of Richard de Clare, which was dated 1086,
The Domesday Book for County Suffolk, England, during the reign of
King William 1, 1066 - 1087. Surnames became necessary when
governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as
Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have
continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the
I have explained my opinions very clearly, and have had decades of
experience in the automotive technical field, as well as years of
experience in competive motorsport and millions of miles of driving on
the roads of North America (All provinces of Canada and half the
states of the USA) as well as both Europe and Africa (south central
On Friday, February 12, 2016 at 12:25:21 PM UTC-5, trader_4 wrote:
It doesn't have to be "much of a problem" to still be a problem when
I wonder if "vast majority" is true. I've got high-trim level 2006 Honda
Odyssey. Lot's of "fancy electronics" and features for the time. No day
time running lights or automatic headlights though. (I always drive with
my lights on , so I usually just leave them on since they go out by
themselves 30 seconds after I park.)
Since the average age of cars on the road these days is about 11.4 years (roughly where my Ody lands) is it safe to say that the "vast majority"
of cars on the road now have daytime running lights? I don't know...just
"Average age of automobiles: The R.L. Polk Co., Average Age of Vehicles on the Road Remains Steady at 11.4 years, According to IHS Automotive, available at http://press.ihs.com/news_releases/automotive as of May 26, 2015."
On Friday, February 12, 2016 at 6:04:43 PM UTC-5, Sam E wrote:
I'm just on this side of the average - 4 vehicles averaging 10.75 years old,
but one of them is on the far side.
SWMBO picked up this beauty last July.
2003 AWD Honda Element EX
69K miles (no, I didn't drop the 1)
Single owner (retired engineer)
Sweet! (No DRL)
Not a lot in this state. My 2007 Toyota had DRLs, but the 2011 of the
same model doesn't. I imagine in 2007 they were covering their butt to
see how GM's petition to make them mandatory came out. When the NHTSA
denied the petition in 2009 they figured it was safe to drop them.
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