The name Claison is tied to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of England
. It comes from the baptismal name Klaus,
(Nicholas). Baptismal names began to appear as surnames relatively late in the growth of the naming tradition. This is a little surprising, given the popularity of biblical figures in the Christian countries of Europe. Nevertheless, surnames derived from baptismal names grew in popularity during the Middle Ages, and have become one of the foremost sources for surnames. Furthermore, the suffix son
was frequently added to such names which in this case would have been derived from son of Klaus
or son of Nicholas.
Early Origins of the Claison family
The surname Claison was first found in Long Clawson, sometimes referred to as Claxton, a small village in Leicestershire
. The village dates back to before the Domesday Book
where it was recorded as Clachestone part of Framland Wapentake
and held by Robert the Usher CITATION[CLOSE]
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. As far as the surname is concerned, the first record of the name appears in Middlesex where they held a family seat
as early as 1340. Clays le Taburer is mentioned as being Minstrel to the King and later, during the reign of King Henry IV the name emerged as Clayson in the form of Henry Clayson. By 1328 the name had migrated north to Scotland
when Johanes Clayson was Chamberlain. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed.
Early History of the Claison family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Claison research.Another 165 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1455, 1487, 1336, 1407, 1364, 1370, 1370, 1373, 1380, 1392, 1382, 1389, 1392 and 1399 are included under the topic Early Claison History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Claison Spelling Variations
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 Claison has undergone many spelling variations
, including Clayson, Clawson, Claxson, Claison, Clason, Clisson and many more.
Early Notables of the Claison family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Olivier de Clisson (1336-1407), a Breton
soldier, distinguished himself at the Battle of Auray (1364), where he lost an eye in the fighting, and earned the nickname
"Butcher" because his troops were ordered to take no prisoners, due to differences he went over to the... Another 227 words (16 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Claison Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Claison family to the New World and Oceana
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 Claison were among those contributors: James Clayso in settled in Virginia in 1665.