The generations and branches of the Claptan family share a name that has its roots in the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. The name Claptan comes 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 Claptan 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 Claptan family
The surname Claptan 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 Claptan family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Claptan 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 Claptan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Claptan 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 Claptan include Clapton, Clappton, Clopton, Clapeton, Cloptun, Cloptone, Clotton, Clapperton and many more.
Early Notables of the Claptan family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Claptan family to Ireland
Some of the Claptan 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 Claptan family to the New World and Oceana
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Claptan or a variant listed above: William Clopton, who settled in Virginia in 1698; John Clapton, a bonded passenger who arrived in Maryland in 1737; Robt. Clapton, who arrived at the port of New York in 1830.