Clapham History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Clapham family

The surname Clapham was first found in Clopham (Clapham), Sussex where "Ralph de Andeon held two fees from the honour of Braiose (Testa de Neville). Hence the younger branches bore the name of Clapham, the seat of this family from nearly the Conquest. " [1]

The West Riding of Yorkshire at Clapham was home to another branch of the family. "The manor of Clapham, which extends only over part of the township, was the property of the De Clapham family, from whom it was purchased in the reign of Charles I., by the Morleys, whose descendant is the present lord. " [2] "The Yorkshire Claphams have been the most prolific." [3]

"The Claphams were a very ancient family of West Riding gentry, who took the name of a West Riding parish." [4]

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 included: Alexander de Clopham, Kent; Peter de Clopham, Bedfordshire; and Reginald de Clopham, Bedfordshire as all holding lands at that time. [3]

Despite the aforementioned "prolific" entry for the Yorkshire branch, there was only one entry for the family in the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379: Thomas de Clapham. [3]

Early History of the Clapham family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Clapham research. Another 47 words (3 lines of text) covering the years 1551, 1600, 1595, 1608, 1686, 1659, 1681, 1686, 1682 and 1683 are included under the topic Early Clapham History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Clapham Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Clapham, Clapeham and others.

Early Notables of the Clapham family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include David Clapham (d. 1551), English translator, eldest son and heir of John Clapham, the fourth son of Thomas Clapham of Beamesley, Yorkshire. "He practised as a rector in the ecclesiastical courts at Doctors' Commons, and his abilities brought him into favour with Sir William Cecil, secretary of state to Edward...
Another 55 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Clapham Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Clapham migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Clapham Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Marjorie Clapham who settled in Virginia in 1655
  • Margery Clapham, who landed in Virginia in 1655 [5]
  • Thomas Clapham, who landed in Maryland in 1662 [5]
  • John Clapham, who landed in Maryland in 1668 [5]
  • William Clapham, who arrived in Maryland in 1679 [5]
Clapham Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • James Clapham, who arrived in New York in 1823
  • Samuel Clapham, who arrived in New York, NY in 1837 [5]

Canada Clapham migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Clapham Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • John Clapham, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
Clapham Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • George Henry Clapham, who arrived in Esquimalt, British Columbia in 1862

New Zealand Clapham migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Clapham Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Joseph Clapham, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • Ellen Clapham, aged 16, a servant, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Birman" in 1842
  • George Clapham, aged 18, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Birman" in 1842
  • Joseph Clapham, aged 38, a carpenter, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Birman" in 1842
  • Sarah Clapham, aged 37, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Birman" in 1842
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Clapham (post 1700) +

  • Samuel Clapham (1755-1830), English Church of England clergyman, justice of the peace, and a writer [6]
  • Charles "Charlie" Clapham (b. 1946), English chairman of Southport Football Club
  • Sir John Harold Clapham CBE, LittD, FBA (1873-1946), English economic historian at Cambridge University
  • James Richard "Jamie" Clapham (b. 1975), English footballer
  • John Greaves Clapham (1796-1854), Lower Canada-born businessman, politician and lieutenant with the Queen's Volunteers during the Lower Canada Rebellion
  • Victor J. Clapham, South African graphic artist who was awarded the Bronze Wolf, for exceptional services to world Scouting, in 1976
  • Diana Clapham (b. 1957), British silver medalist equestrian at the 1984 Summer Olympics
  • Sir Michael Clapham KBE (1912-2002), British Industrialist, president of the Confederation of British Industry (1972-1974)
  • David Philip Clapham (1931-2005), South African racing driver and motor sport journalist
  • Sara Clapham (b. 1985), New Zealand former association football player
  • ... (Another 6 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  1. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  4. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  5. ^ 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)
  6. ^ Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 30 June 2020


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