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Where did the English Cleseby family come from? What is the English Cleseby family crest and coat of arms? When did the Cleseby family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Cleseby family history?Cleseby is a name that was brought to England by the ancestors of the Cleseby family when they migrated to the region after the Norman Conquest in 1066. The Cleseby family lived in Cleasby, a parish near Darlington in the North Riding of Yorkshire.
Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Cleseby have been found, including Clesby, Cleasby, Clisby, Clisbee, Clesbie, Clesebi, Cleseby, Clesby, Clesbe and many more.
First found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book,  indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, this large village of Cleasby (sometimes Clesby) in the North Riding of Yorkshire was held by Enisan, a Norman noble, who is the conjectural ancestor of the Cleasby surname.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cleseby research. Another 216 words(15 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1202, 1273, 1300, 1379, 1416, 1587, and 1784 are included under the topic Early Cleseby History in all our PDF Extended History products.
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For many English families, the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland, Australia, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Cleseby were among those contributors: William Clisby who arrived in America in 1768.
The Cleseby Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Cleseby 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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