The present generation of the Claigate family is only the most recent to bear a name that dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. Their name comes from having 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 Claigate family
The surname Claigate 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 Claigate family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Claigate 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 Claigate History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Claigate Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Claigate include Clagett, Claggitt, Clegget, Cleggett, Cleygate, Claygate, Clackett, Claigate, Cleget, Claggett, Claggot and many more.
Early Notables of the Claigate family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Claigate family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Claigate were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: Thomas Clagett who arrived in Maryland in 1670 and Thomas John Clagett in Maryland in 1767.