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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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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.

First found in the Orkneys, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, as recorded in the Norse Sagas.


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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.

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

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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 America. 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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  1. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  2. Fairbairn,. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  3. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Scots Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Mordern Application of the Art and Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
  4. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. 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.
  6. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Prebble, John. The Highland Clearances. London: Secker & Warburg, 1963. Print.
  8. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and David Hicks. The Highland Clans The Dynastic Origins, Cheifs and Background of the Clans. New York: C.N. Potter, 1968. Print.
  9. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  10. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
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The Clauson Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Clauson Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 29 January 2016 at 09:06.

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