Show ContentsClatworthy History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

In ancient Anglo-Saxon England, the ancestors of the Clatworthy surname lived in Clatworthy, a parish, in the union of Williton, hundred of Williton and Freemanners in Somerset. [1]

Early Origins of the Clatworthy family

The surname Clatworthy 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. [2]

By 1243, the place name had evolved to Clatewurthy and the place name literally means "enclosure where burdock grows." [3] Clatworthy Camp is an Iron Age hill fort 3 miles (4.8 km) North West of Wiveliscombe in Somerset.

Early History of the Clatworthy family

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Clatworthy 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 Clatworthy 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 Clatworthy include: Clatworthy, Cloteworthy, Clotworthy, Clatworth and others.

Early Notables of the Clatworthy 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. They were descended from the Devonshire family of that name. Sir John was one of the largest landowners in the county of Antrim (Aphorismical Discovery, i. 335), and appears as the representative of those who held under the charter of...
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Ireland Migration of the Clatworthy family to Ireland

Some of the Clatworthy family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Clatworthy migration to the United States +

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 Clatworthy or a variant listed above:

Clatworthy Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Mathew Clatworthy, aged 25, who arrived in Virginia in 1635 aboard the ship "Assurance" [4]

Australia Clatworthy migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Clatworthy Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • William Clatworthy, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Orleana" in 1840 [5]
  • Eliza Clatworthy, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Orleana" in 1840 [5]
  • George Clatworthy, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Orleana" in 1840 [5]
  • Mr. James Clatworthy, (b. 1810), aged 33, English shoe maker who was convicted in Taunton, Somerset, England for 15 years for house breaking, transported aboard the "Cressy" on 28th April 1843, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [6]
  • Mr. Robert Clatworthy, (b. 1828), aged 19, Cornish settler convicted in Bodmin, Cornwall, UK on 3rd July 1849, sentenced for 10 years for stealing canvas sail-cloth, transported aboard the ship "Mermaid" on 30th December 1850 to Western Australia, Australia [7]
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Contemporary Notables of the name Clatworthy (post 1700) +

  • Raymond J. Clatworthy, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Senator from Delaware, 1996, 2002 [8]
  • Willard H. Clatworthy (1915-2010), American professor emeritus from University at Buffalo
  • Robert Clatworthy (1911-1992), American Academy Award winning and four-time Award nominated art director
  • David Clatworthy (1960-2020), South African actor, known for The Making of the Mahatma, District 9, Mia et le lion blanc
  • Geoffrey Clatworthy MNZM, JP (1939-2012), New Zealand community activist
  • Robert Clatworthy (b. 1928), British sculptor, a fellow of the Royal Academy of Arts in 1973

HMS Repulse
  • Mr. John Henry Clatworthy (1925-1942), English Boy 1st Class from St Thomas, Exeter, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking, also sailed aboard the HMS Sultan, was lost when it sunk in 1942 [9]

  1. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  3. Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  4. 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)
  5. State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ORLEANA 1840. Retrieved from
  6. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 21st May 2021). Retrieved from
  7. Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 30th May 2018). Retrieved from
  8. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 29) . Retrieved from
  9. HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from on Facebook