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

The Clewis name has descended through the generations from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. Their name comes from having lived in Cheshire in an area that was described by the Old English word as cloh, which means that the bearers of this surname lived near a ravine or hollow. It also could be described as the place that was set back from the town or village.

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Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Clewis has undergone many spelling variations, including Clowes, Clowe, Clows and others.

First found in Cheshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Clewis research. Another 141 words(10 lines of text) covering the years 1450, 1543 and 1604 are included under the topic Early Clewis History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 27 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Clewis Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. 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 Clewis were among those contributors: Elizabeth Clowes who settled in New England in 1750; John Clowes settled in Philadelphia in 1834; Joseph Clowes settled in San Francisco in 1852; John Clows settled in Delaware Bay with his wife Marjorie and three children in 1683.

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  • Robert R. Clewis, American author and professor of philosophy


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The Clewis Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Clewis 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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