The ancestry of the name Cleevelan dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. It comes from when the family lived in Cleveley, a small hamlet in Ormesby in the county of Yorkshire.
Early Origins of the Cleevelan family
The surname Cleevelan was first found in Yorkshire
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times.
Early History of the Cleevelan family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cleevelan 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 Cleevelan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Cleevelan Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Cleevelan have been found, including Cleveland, Cleaveland, Clyveland and others.
Early Notables of the Cleevelan 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 Cleevelan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Cleevelan family to the New World and Oceana
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England
. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England
, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Cleevelan, or a variant listed above: Moses Cleveland, born in Suffolk
, England, who settled in Massachusetts in 1640.
The Cleevelan 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.