Clee is one of the many new names that came to England
following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Clee family lived in Lincolnshire
, where they held a family seat
Early Origins of the Clee family
The surname Clee 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.
Early History of the Clee family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Clee research.Another 208 words (15 lines of text) covering the year 1086 is included under the topic Early Clee History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Clee Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations
. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Clay, Claye, Cley, Cleye, McClay and others.
Early Notables of the Clee family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Clee family to Ireland
Some of the Clee 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.
Migration of the Clee family to the New World and Oceana
Because of the political and religious discontent in England
, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Clee name or one of its variants: Jonathon Clay who settled in Virginia in 1643; Jonas Clay settled in Wells and Cape Porpus in 1636; Steven Clay settled in Barbados with wife child and servants in 1680.
Contemporary Notables of the name Clee (post 1700)
- Lester Harrison Clee (1888-1962), American clergyman and politician
- Ginny Clee, English blues rock singer-songwriter and musician CITATION[CLOSE]
Ginny Clee. (Retrieved 2011, February 4) Ginny Clee. Retrieved from http://www.ginnyclee.com/
The Clee 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.