Show ContentsCleasby History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Cleasby arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Cleasby family lived in the North Riding of Yorkshire at Cleasby, a parish in the union of Darlington, wapentake of Gilling-East. [1] [2]

Early Origins of the Cleasby family

The surname Cleasby was first found in Yorkshire where the village of Cleasby (sometimes Clesby) in the North Riding of Yorkshire was held by Enisan, a Norman noble, who is the conjectural ancestor of the Cleasby surname. [3] [4]

The first reference for the family was found in the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 as Johannes de Clesbe. [5]

Early History of the Cleasby family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cleasby research. Another 100 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1202, 1273, 1300, 1379, 1416, 1587 and 1784 are included under the topic Early Cleasby History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Cleasby Spelling Variations

Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Clesby, Cleasby, Clisby, Clisbee, Clesbie, Clesebi, Cleseby, Clesby, Clesbe and many more.

Early Notables of the Cleasby family (pre 1700)

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Australia Cleasby migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Cleasby Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Henry Cleasby, English convict who was convicted in London, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Atlas" on 27th April 1833, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [6]
  • John C. Cleasby, aged 28, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Calphurnia" [7]
  • John C. Cleasby, aged 28, a labourer, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Calphurnia" in 1849 [7]

Contemporary Notables of the name Cleasby (post 1700) +

  • Emma Cleasby, English theatre, television and film actress who played Megan in the 2002 horror film Dog Soldiers
  • Sir Anthony Cleasby (1804-1879), English judge, born 27 Aug. 1804, son of Stephen Cleasby, a Russia broker, who carried on a prosperous business at 11 Union Court, Broad Street, in the city of London, and died at Craig House, Westmorland, 31 Aug. 1844 [8]
  • Richard Cleasby (1797-1847), English philologist, born on 30 Nov. 1797, brother of Sir Anthony Cleasby, and eldest son of Stephen Cleasby [8]

  1. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  3. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  4. Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  5. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  6. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 14th July 2020). Retrieved from
  7. State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The CALPHURNIA 1849. Retrieved from
  8. Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 30 June 2020 on Facebook