Anglo-Saxon name Clapool comes from the family having resided in Claypole, a parish in the county of Lincolnshire, near Newark.
Early Origins of the Clapool family
Lincolnshire 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 Clapool family
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Clapool Spelling Variations
hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Spelling variants included: Claypool, Claypoll, Claypole, Claypoole, Claypol and others.
Early Notables of the Clapool family (pre 1700)
High Sheriff of Northamptonshire in 1655, supporter of the Parliamentary cause in the English Civil War; his son John Claypole (1625-1688), created Lord Cleypole by Oliver Cromwell, English an...
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Migration of the Clapool family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Clapools to arrive on North American shores: Edward Claypole who settled in Barbados with his daughter Abigail in 1679; James Claypoole, his wife Helena, and seven children and five servants, settled in Pennsylvania in 1683.
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