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Where did the Scottish Clauson family come from? What is the Scottish Clauson family crest and coat of arms? When did the Clauson family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Clauson family history?

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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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 6 December 2011 at 04:33.

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