Claghorn History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

In ancient Scotland, Claghorn was a Strathclyde-Briton name for someone who lived in Cleghorn, Lanarkshire.

Early Origins of the Claghorn family

The surname Claghorn was first found in Lanarkshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Lannraig) a former county in the central Strathclyde region of Scotland, now divided into the Council Areas of North Lanarkshire, South Lanarkshire, and the City of Glasgow. Cleghorn in a small village north-east of the town of Lanark and is the ancient home to the family.

Early History of the Claghorn family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Claghorn research. Another 89 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 154 and 1541 are included under the topic Early Claghorn History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Claghorn Spelling Variations

In Medieval times, spelling and translation were not nearly so highly developed as today. They were generally carried out according to the sound and intuition of the bearer. For that reason spelling variations are extremely common among early Scottish names. Claghorn has been spelled Claghorn, Cleghorn, Claghorne, Cleghorne, Gleghorn and many more.

Early Notables of the Claghorn family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Claghorn Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Claghorn migration to the United States +

Unrest, poverty, and persecution caused thousands to look for opportunity and freedom in the North American colonies. The crossing was long, overcrowded, and unsanitary, though, and came only at great expense. Many Strathclyde families settled on the east coast of North America in communities that would form the backbone of what would become the great nations of the United States and Canada. The American War of Independence caused those who remained loyal to England to move north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. In the 20th century, Strathclyde and other Scottish families across North America began to recover their collective heritage through highland games and Clan societies. Among them:

Claghorn Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • James Claghorn, who arrived in New England in 1651-1652 [1]
  • James Claghorn who settled in New England in 1652

Contemporary Notables of the name Claghorn (post 1700) +

  • Anne Claghorn Longstreth (1921-2008), American Republican politician, Real estate agent; Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1960 [2]


The Claghorn Motto +

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: Insperata floruit
Motto Translation: It has flourished beyond expectations


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 12) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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