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Where did the English Cleek family come from? When did the Cleek family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Cleek family history?

The Anglo-Saxon name Cleek comes from when the family resided in the region of Clegg in Rochdale in the county of Lancashire.


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 Cleek include Clegg, Clegge, Cleg, Claig, Claigg, Claige, Cleig, Cleigg, Clegges, Clegs, Cllege, Cleagg, Cleagge and many more.

First found in Lancashire where they held a family seat from very ancient times.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cleek research. Another 185 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1679, 1755 and are included under the topic Early Cleek History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 23 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cleek Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Cleek family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 169 words (12 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


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:

Cleek Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Michael, Mathias, and Jacob Cleek, who came to America in 1732 (their brother Baltas Cleek died on route)



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