The noble French surname Cleau is patronymic
in origin, and is derived from the name of the original bearer's father. The surname Cleau is a variation of the Latin name Claudius, a Roman family name derived from "claudus" meaning "lame." This name was made popular as a result of having been borne by a seventh century saint who was bishop of Besancon. Thus the surname signifies "the son or descendant of Claude."
Early Origins of the Cleau family
The surname Cleau was first found in the region of Languedoc
where they held many lands and estates.
Early History of the Cleau family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cleau research.Another 139 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 185 and 1851 are included under the topic Early Cleau History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Cleau Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Clot, Claude, Cloux, Claudet, Clausel, Glaude, Claud, Claudel, Claudin, Claudon, Clos and many more.
Early Notables of the Cleau family (pre 1700)
Another 22 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cleau Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Cleau family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Claude Claude who arrived in Quebec in 1647; Philipe Claud who arrived in Virginia in 1705; Joachim Claude who settled in Louisiana in 1715; J. Clausel who settled in New Orleans in 1842.