The Cleavelyn name has descended through the generations from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. Their name comes from having lived in Cleveley, a small hamlet in Ormesby in the county of Yorkshire.
Early Origins of the Cleavelyn family
The surname Cleavelyn was first found in Yorkshire
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times.
Early History of the Cleavelyn family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cleavelyn research.Another 207 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1379, 1575, 1613, 1658, 1613, 1658, 1632, 1645, 1651 and 1717 are included under the topic Early Cleavelyn History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Cleavelyn Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Cleavelyn has undergone many spelling variations
, including Cleveland, Cleaveland, Clyveland and others.
Early Notables of the Cleavelyn family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include John Cleveland (1613-1658), an English poet, graduated Christ's College, Cambridge in 1632,opposed the election of Oliver Cromwell
as member for Cambridge in the Long Parliament, and lost his college post as a result in 1645. The Cleavelands were a family of whalers from the islands... Another 53 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cleavelyn Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Cleavelyn family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the unstable social climate in England
of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Cleavelyn were among those contributors: Moses Cleveland, born in Suffolk
, who settled in Massachusetts in 1640.
The Cleavelyn 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: Semel et semper
Motto Translation: Once and always.