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Clay is one of the names that was brought to England in the wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Clay family lived in Lincolnshire, where they held a family seat at Claye.

Clay Early Origins



The surname Clay was first found in Lincolnshire where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.

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Clay Spelling Variations


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Clay Spelling Variations



Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Clay include Clay, Claye, Cley, Cleye, McClay and others.

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Clay Early History


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Clay Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Clay research. Another 208 words (15 lines of text) covering the year 1086 is included under the topic Early Clay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Clay Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Clay Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Clay In Ireland


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Clay In Ireland



Some of the Clay family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 129 words (9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



In England at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Clays to arrive on North American shores:

Clay Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Anne Clay, who arrived in Virginia in 1623
  • Jonas Clay settled in Wells and Cape Porpus in 1636
  • Lancelott Clay, who landed in Virginia in 1638
  • Jon Clay, who arrived in Virginia in 1642
  • John Clay, who arrived in Virginia in 1643
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Clay Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • James Clay, who landed in Virginia in 1701
  • William Clay, who arrived in Virginia in 1701
  • Rebecka Clay, who landed in Virginia in 1702
  • Eliza Clay, who arrived in Virginia in 1713
  • Bertrum Clay, aged 50, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1740
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Clay Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Henry M Clay, who arrived in Texas in 1836
  • Mary Clay, aged 32, arrived in New York, NY in 1843
  • Minna Clay, aged 8, landed in New York, NY in 1843
  • Federick Clay, aged 35, arrived in New York, NY in 1843
  • Fredericka Clay, aged 34, arrived in New York, NY in 1843
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Clay Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • John Clay, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749

Clay Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Robert Clay arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Madawaska" in 1849
  • John Clay, English Convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Aboukir" on December 24, 1851, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 18) Aboukir voyage to Van Diemen's Land and Norfolk Island. [These convicts appear to have all landed in Van Diemen's Land], Australia in 1851 with 280 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/aboukir/1851

Clay Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Edward Clay, aged 36, a labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alma" in 1857
  • Hannah Clay, aged 32, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alma" in 1857
  • Edward Clay, aged 22, a farm labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oxford" in 1874
  • Frederick Clay, aged 18, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oxford" in 1874

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Contemporary Notables of the name Clay (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Clay (post 1700)



  • Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr. (1942-2016), American three-time World Heavyweight Champion boxer, philanthropist and social activist, named "Sportsman of the Century" by Sports Illustrated in 1999, who changed his name to Muhammad Ali
  • Joe Clay (1938-2016), born Claiborne Joseph Cheramie, an American rockabilly musician
  • Otis Clay (1942-2016), American R&B and soul singer, inducted to the Blues Hall of Fame in 2013
  • Cassius Marcellus Clay Sr. (1912-1990), American painter and musician, father of Muhammad Ali
  • Kenneth Earl Clay (b. 1954), American former Major League Baseball right-handed pitcher
  • Clement Comer Clay (1789-1866), American politician, 8th Governor of the U.S. state of Alabama from 1835 to 1837
  • Cassius Marcellus Clay (1810-1903), American politician and diplomat, American minister to Russia, nicknamed "The Lion of White Hall"
  • Rudolph M. "Rudy" Clay (1936-2013), American Democratic politician, Mayor of Gary, Indiana
  • General Lucius DuBignon Clay (1897-1978), American Military-Governor American Zone of Occupation Germany (1947-1949)
  • John S. Clay, American politician, Member of Missouri State Senate 26th District, 1899-1902
  • ... (Another 72 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Clay Historic Events


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Clay Historic Events




RMS Lusitania

  • Miss Elizabeth Alice Clay, American 2nd Class passenger from San Francisco, California, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking and was recovered

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Suggested Readings for the name Clay


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Suggested Readings for the name Clay



  • History and Genealogy of the Hoskins, Clay and Related Families United in Cole County, Missouri by Clarence E. Hoskins.

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Per orbem
Motto Translation: Through the world.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 18) Aboukir voyage to Van Diemen's Land and Norfolk Island. [These convicts appear to have all landed in Van Diemen's Land], Australia in 1851 with 280 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/aboukir/1851

Other References

  1. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. 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. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  4. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  5. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  6. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  7. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  8. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  9. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  10. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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The Clay Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Clay 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.

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