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The ancestors of the Claypool surname lived among the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. The name comes from when they lived in Claypole, a parish in the county of Lincolnshire, near Newark.

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The surname Claypool was first found in Lincolnshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Claypool include Claypool, Claypoll, Claypole, Claypoole, Claypol and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Claypool research. Another 135 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1150, 1654, 1655, 1625, 1688, 1645, 1660, 1629 and 1658 are included under the topic Early Claypool History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 181 words (13 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Claypool Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants: Edward Claypole who settled in Barbados with his daughter Abigail in 1679; James Claypoole, his wife Helena, and seven children and five servants, settled in Pennsylvania in 1683.

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  • Forrest Claypool, American Democratic Party politician, current President of the Chicago Transit Authority
  • Horatio Clifford Claypool (1859-1921), American politician, U.S. Representative from Ohio (1911-1915), father of Harold Kile Claypool
  • Harold Kile Claypool (1886-1958), American politician, U.S. Representative from Ohio (1937-1943), son of Horatio Clifford Claypool
  • Ralph LeClair Claypool (1898-1969), professional American football offensive lineman
  • Philip Claypool, American country music artist
  • Harry Claypool, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Texas 21st District, 1964
  • Harold Kile Claypool (1886-1958), American Democrat politician, U.S. Representative from Ohio 11th District, 1937-43
  • Garrett S. Claypool, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 1924, 1944, 1948
  • Benjamin Franklin Claypool (1825-1888), American Republican politician, Member of Indiana State Senate, 1861-63; Presidential Elector for Indiana, 1864, 1868; Candidate for U.S. Representative from Indiana, 1874
  • Abraham Claypool, American politician, Member of Ohio State Senate, 1803-05, 1806-08

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  2. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  3. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
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  6. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
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  8. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  9. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
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The Claypool Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Claypool 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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