Claggett History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Claggett is a name whose history is connected to the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Claggett family once lived in the village of Clegett or Clegett Hall, in the parish of Rochdale, Kent. The surname is derived from the Old Norse word which means a haystack-shaped hill. The surname also has an occupational origin, which means that it is derived form the trade or profession of the original bearer. The name was also given to those who worked as bellringers.

Cleygate, a manor, in the parish of ThamesDitton, Second division of the hundred of Kingston, union of Kingston, in the East division of Surrey may be a point of origin for the family. [1] "It was given to the convent of Westminster by Tosti, probably the son of Earl Godwin, and the grant was confirmed by Edward the Confessor. The Domesday Survey records that "Claigate" was then still held by the monks, and the lands continued in their possession until the Dissolution. " [2]

Early Origins of the Claggett family

The surname Claggett was first found in Kent, at Claygate Cross, a hamlet in the Sevenoaks District. Alternatively, the name could have been derived from Claygate, a village in Surrey that dates back to the Domesday Book of 1086 where it was first listed as Claigate, a manor of the village Thames Ditton. [3] The main manor of the village was held by Westminster Abbey.

This is indeed a rare name as most of the records are quite late in the 17th and 18th centuries - little was found earlier.

Important Dates for the Claggett family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Claggett research. Another 103 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1198, 1215, 1317, 1660, 1716, 1721, 1756, 1610, 1663, 1610, 1628, 1681, 1634, 1636, 1644, 1654, 1727, 1654, 1671, 1746, 1646 and 1688 are included under the topic Early Claggett History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Claggett Spelling Variations

Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Claggett family name include Clagett, Claggitt, Clegget, Cleggett, Cleygate, Claygate, Clackett, Claigate, Cleget, Claggett, Claggot and many more.

Early Notables of the Claggett family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Nicholas Clagett the Elder (1610?-1663), English Puritan divine, born at Canterbury about 1610 and in 1628 was entered as a student of Merton College, Oxford, where he proceeded B.A. in October 1681. "Afterwards he migrated to Magdalen Hall, and commenced M.A. in June 1634, being then generally esteemed a very able moderator in philosophy (ib. i. 474). About 1636 he became vicar of Melbourne, Derbyshire, and about 1644 he was chosen lecturer or preacher at St. Mary's Church, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk." [4] His son, Nicholas Clagett the Younger (1654-1727), was an English controversialist. "He was...
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Claggett migration to the United States

For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Claggett surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Claggett Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Thomas Claggett, who landed in Maryland in 1670 [5]
Claggett Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Wyseman Claggett, who arrived in New England in 1758 [5]
Claggett Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • M. Claggett, aged 25, who immigrated to the United States, in 1892
Claggett Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Romona Claggett, aged 65, who landed in America, in 1909
  • Grace Claggett, aged 30, who settled in America, in 1909
  • Ray M Claggett, aged 46, who immigrated to America from Louisville, in 1913
  • Chas. E Claggett, aged 56, who immigrated to the United States, in 1913
  • Thomas Anderson Claggett, aged 45, who settled in St. Joseph. Montana, in 1919

Claggett migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Claggett Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Rate Emerson Claggett, aged 26, who immigrated to Montreal, Canada, in 1908

Contemporary Notables of the name Claggett (post 1700)

  • Anthony Claggett (b. 1984), American relief pitcher for the New York Yankees
  • John Claggett Danforth (b. 1936), American Ambassador to the United Nations and former United States Senator from Missouri

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Citations

  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  4. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  5. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
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