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Where did the English Claycomb family come from? What is the English Claycomb family crest and coat of arms? When did the Claycomb family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Claycomb family history?

Claycomb is a name that came to England in the 11th century wave of migration that was set off by the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Claycomb family lived in Lincolnshire, where they held a family seat at Claye.

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The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Claycomb has been recorded under many different variations, including Clay, Claye, Cley, Cleye, McClay and others.

First found in Lincolnshire where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Claycomb research. Another 208 words(15 lines of text) covering the year 1086 is included under the topic Early Claycomb History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Claycomb Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Claycomb family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 129 words(9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Claycombs were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America: Jonathon Clay who settled in Virginia in 1643; Jonas Clay settled in Wells and Cape Porpus in 1636; Steven Clay settled in Barbados with wife child and servants in 1680.

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  • Laura Claycomb (b. 1968), American lyric coloratura soprano opera singer


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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Per orbem
Motto Translation: Through the world.

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The Claycomb Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Claycomb Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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