The Dutch surname De Klerk meaning "the clerk" in Dutch is derived from Le Clerc, and de Clercq and is of French Huguenot origin. The name dates to the 13th Century in Holland and was brought to South Africa at the beginning of the 17th Century. A notable bearer of the name is F.W. De Klerk president of South Africa from 1989 -1994 and winner of the Nobel Peace prize in 1993.
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