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Clapp is a name of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from Osgoode Clapa (d. 1054), a nobleman of Danish origin, who served King Harthacanute (1018-1042) and Edward the Confessor. Another possible origin of the surname Clapp may be that it derived from the Old English word clop which meant "lump," or "hill." As such, it may have been a nickname for someone who was large or ungainly.
The surname Clapp was first found in Surrey 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. The place name Clapham or "Clappa's farm"dates back to Anglo-Saxon times. Osgoode Clapa (d. 1054) held land in the Kingdom of East Anglia. He can be found as a witness to charters from 1026, and is mentioned the " Anglo-Saxon Chronicles." Other early records of the name include Simon Clapp in the Curia Regis Rolls for Oxfordshire in 1206; William le Clop in the Assize Rolls of Yorkshire of 1222; and Laurence Clappe listed in the Pipe Rolls for Oxfordshire in 1230.
Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Clapp have been found, including Clapp, Clap, Clapps and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Clapp research. Another 113 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1332, 1678, 1609, 1691 and 1760 are included under the topic Early Clapp History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Notables of this surname at this time include Roger Clapp, born April 6, 1609 in Sallcom, Devon, England, died in 1691 in America, who wrote memoirs of the trip of the "Mary...
Another 32 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Clapp Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Among the first immigrants of the name Clapp, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were :
Clapp Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Clapp Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Clapp Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Clapp Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
The Clapp Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Clapp Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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