The earliest origins of the name Clapperton date back to the time of the Anglo-Saxons
. The name is derived from Osgoode Clapa
a nobleman of Danish or Saxon origin. As a man of noble worth he attended the Court of King Cnut. Another possible origin of the surname Clapperton may be an extension of the Old English Clop
which meant lump
. It was often applied as a nickname
to someone who was large and ungainly.
It was adopted in England
as a surname only after the Norman Conquest
Early Origins of the Clapperton family
The surname Clapperton was first found in Cheshire
where they held a family seat
. The name is claimed to be descended from a Danish noble who attended the court of King Canute, Osgod Clappa. Although the name was found in the late 13th century in Oxford, the Cheshire
dating places Turstan de Cloptuna there in the year 1154, and succeeded by Alan de Clapeton in 1185. In its migration south, the name seems to have been transformed into Clopton, which gave rise to the village of Clopton in Suffolk
, which became the family seat. There is much historic interchangeability between the records of the two spellings.
The church in the village of Long Melford, Suffolk "contains many interesting monuments, among which are, one to William de Clopton, dated 1446; one to John de Clopton in 1497 and numerous brasses to the families of Clopton." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Clapperton family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Clapperton research.Another 240 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1275, 1441, 1455, 1487, 1389, 1483, 1501, 1614, 1662, 1733, 1400, 1388, 1400, 1440, 1496 and 1491 are included under the topic Early Clapperton History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Clapperton Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon
surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. Changes in Anglo-Saxon
names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Clapperton include Clapton, Clappton, Clopton, Clapeton, Cloptun, Cloptone, Clotton, Clapperton and many more.
Early Notables of the Clapperton family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Clapperton family to Ireland
Some of the Clapperton family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 78 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Clapperton family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Clapperton Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- A. Clapperton, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Childe Harold" in 1849 CITATION[CLOSE]
State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CHILDE HAROLD 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849ChildeHarold.htm
Contemporary Notables of the name Clapperton (post 1700)
- Hugh Clapperton (1788-1827), Scottish explorer