Show ContentsClanton History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Anglo-Saxon name Clanton comes from MacLennan as an alternative variant. The surname Clanton was primarily based in the Scottish Gaelic of MacGilleFhinnein. The translation of this Gaelic surname meant servant of Finnan who became revered as a saint.

Early Origins of the Clanton family

The surname Clanton was first found in Somerset where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Early History of the Clanton family

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Clanton Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Clanton were recorded, including Clendon, Clendin, Clandon, Clanton, Clenton and others.

Early Notables of the Clanton family (pre 1700)

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Clanton Ranking

In the United States, the name Clanton is the 3,637th most popular surname with an estimated 7,461 people with that name. [1]

United States Clanton migration to the United States +

To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Clanton family emigrate to North America:

Clanton Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Joe Clanton who settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Jo Clanton, aged 26, British settler who arrived in Virginia in 1635 aboard the ship "Abraham" [2]
  • Marmaduk Clanton, who arrived in Virginia in 1657 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Clanton (post 1700) +

  • Darrell Clanton (b. 1956), born Darrell Puckett, American country music artist
  • Eucal "Uke" Clanton (1898-1960), American Major League Baseball first baseman
  • Ralph Clanton (1914-2002), American character actor
  • Joseph "Joey" Clanton (b. 1972), American race car driver
  • Newman Haynes "Old Man" Clanton (1816-1881), American cattle rancher and the father of the four Clanton brothers of Tombstone
  • Billy Clanton (1862-1881), American gunman, brother of Ike CLanton
  • Joseph Isaac "Ike" Clanton (1847-1887), American gunman, best known for his role in the gunfight at the O.K. Corral

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  2. 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) on Facebook