The ancestors of the name Clatword date back to the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Clatword family lived in Clatworthy in Somerset
. The surname Clatword originally derived from the surname Clatworthy.
Early Origins of the Clatword family
The surname Clatword was first found in Somerset
, at Clatworthy, a village and civil parish in the West Somerset
District which dates back to the Domesday Book
of 1086 when it was first listed as Clateurde. CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
By 1243, the place name had evolved to Clatewurthy and the place name literally means "enclosure where burdock grows." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Clatworthy Camp is an Iron Age hill fort 3 miles (4.8 km) North West of Wiveliscombe in Somerset.
Early History of the Clatword family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Clatword research.Another 172 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1327, 1680, 1683, 1617, 1630, 1665, 1634, 1640, 1646 and 1626 are included under the topic Early Clatword History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Clatword Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Clatword are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Clatword include: Clatworthy, Cloteworthy, Clotworthy, Clatworth and others.
Early Notables of the Clatword family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: John Cloteworthy, a prominent 14th century landholder in Somerset; Sir Hugh Clotworthy (died 1630), High Sheriff
of Antrim; and his son, John Clotworthy, 1st Viscount Massereene (died 1665), an Anglo-Irish politician. He was elected to the Irish House of Commons for County Antrim... Another 58 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Clatword Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Clatword family to Ireland
Some of the Clatword family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 77 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 Clatword family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Clatword or a variant listed above: Matthew Clatworthy, who sailed to Virginia in 1635 and Roger Clatworth sailed to Virginia in 1654.