Clapper History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Clapper is an ancient Anglo-Saxon surname that 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 Clapper 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.
Early Origins of the Clapper family
The surname Clapper was first found in Surrey. 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 was listed 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. 
Important Dates for the Clapper family
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Clapper Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Clapper has been recorded under many different variations, including Clapp, Clap, Clapps and others.
Early Notables of the Clapper family (pre 1700)
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...
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Clapper migration to the United States
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Clapper or a variant listed above:
Typical Clapper Emigration from the United Kingdom to North America
Clapper Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Henrich Clapper, who settled in New York in 1710
- Mary Clapper, who settled in Annapolis, Maryland in 1722
Clapper Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- William S. Clapper, who settled in New York in 1825
- William S Clapper, who landed in New York in 1825 
- John, Clapper Jr., who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 
Clapper migration to Canada
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Clapper Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Mr. Garret Clapper, "Clopper" U.E. born in New York, USA who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1783 he was a stocker for Knickerbocker of New York 
Contemporary Notables of the name Clapper (post 1700)
- Charles Clapper (b. 1883), American bronze medalist for wrestling at the 1904 Olympic games
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- ^ 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)
- ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X