The ancestors of the name Claggitt date back to the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Claggitt family 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.
Early Origins of the Claggitt family
The surname Claggitt 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. CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
The main manor of the village was held by Westminster Abbey.
Early History of the Claggitt family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Claggitt research.Another 205 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1198, 1215, 1317, 1660, 1716, 1721, 1756, 1646 and 1688 are included under the topic Early Claggitt History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Claggitt Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Claggitt are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Claggitt include: Clagett, Claggitt, Clegget, Cleggett, Cleygate, Claygate, Clackett, Claigate, Cleget, Claggett, Claggot and many more.
Early Notables of the Claggitt family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Claggitt family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Claggitt or a variant listed above: Thomas Clagett who arrived in Maryland in 1670 and Thomas John Clagett in Maryland in 1767.