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The ancestors of the Clauson family may have been Viking settlers. Their surname comes from a place name of Norse origins, from when they lived in the place named Clouston, a village in Stenness, Orkney. The origins of the place-name are in the Old Norse name Klostathr. which came to Scotland in the 9th century in the waves of pillage, invasion and colonization by the Norwegian Vikings.

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The surname Clauson was first found in the Orkneys, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, as recorded in the Norse Sagas.

Standards against which to judge the accuracy of spellings and translations did not yet exist in the Middle Ages. Spelling variations in names dating from that era, are thus, an extremely common occurrence. Clauson has been recorded as Clouston, Clouson, Clowston, Clowstoun, Clowstoune, Cloustown, Cloustowne, Clousone, Clauston, Claustoun, Claustown and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Clauson research. Another 252 words (18 lines of text) covering the year 1607 is included under the topic Early Clauson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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More information is included under the topic Early Clauson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The New World was far from the oppressive regime of the old country. It was a place where there was more land than people and political and religious freedom were far easier to come by. Many Scots even got the chance to fight for their freedom in the American War of Independence. In recent years, interest in this heritage has been generated by Clan societies and regular highland games in North Ameri ca. An examination of early immigration and passenger lists has revealed many people bearing the Clauson name:

Clauson Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Jenings Clauson, who arrived in Virginia in 1658
  • Daniel Clauson, who landed in Maryland in 1670

Clauson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Christopher Clauson, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1828
  • J C Clauson, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1832
  • H W Clauson, who arrived in Arkansas in 1882
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  • William Clauson (b. 1930), American folk singer
  • Hailey Clauson (b. 1995), American fashion model
  • Clinton Clauson (1895-1959), American politician, 66th Governor of Maine in 1959
  • Bryan Clauson (b. 1989), American race car driver
  • Clinton Amos Clauson (1895-1959), American Democrat politician, U.S. Collector of Internal Revenue for Maine, 1934-53; Mayor of Waterville, Maine, 1956-57; Governor of Maine, 1959
  • Sir Gerard Leslie Makins Clauson (1891-1974), English Orientalist, best known for his studies of the Turkic languages
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    Other References

    1. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    2. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    3. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    4. Black, George F. The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3).
    5. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    6. Bloxham, Ben. Key to Parochial Registers of Scotland From Earliest Times Through 1854 2nd edition. Provo, UT: Stevenson's Genealogical Center, 1979. Print.
    7. Adam, Frank. Clans Septs and Regiments of the Scottish Highlands 8th Edition. London: Bacon (G.W.) & Co, 1970. Print. (ISBN 10-0717945006).
    8. Paul, Sir James Balfour. An Ordinary of Arms Contained in the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland Second Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1903. Print.
    9. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    10. Warner, Philip Warner. Famous Scottish Battles. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1996. Print. (ISBN 0-76070-004-4).
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