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Where did the English Clegg family come from? What is the English Clegg family crest and coat of arms? When did the Clegg family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Clegg family history?

The Clegg name has descended through the generations from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. Their name comes from having lived in the region of Clegg in Rochdale in the county of Lancashire.

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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 Clegg has undergone many spelling variations, including 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.


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

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

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Some of the Clegg 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.

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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 Clegg were among those contributors:

Clegg Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • John Clegg who settled at Pennaquid, Maine in the year 1687

Clegg Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Edward Clegg, who arrived in Virginia in 1703

Clegg Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Benjamin Clegg, aged 22, landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1804
  • Benjamin, and George Clegg settled in Baltimore, Maryland in 1804
  • George Clegg, aged 26, arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1804
  • Joseph Clegg, who landed in New York, NY in 1816
  • Hannah Clegg, who arrived in New York, NY in 1847


Clegg Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Thomas Clegg, English convict from York, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on September 21, 1826, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • Richard Clegg, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Argyle" on March 5th, 1831, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Austraila
  • Alice Clegg, aged 23, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Sir Thomas Gresham"
  • Elizabeth Clegg, aged 43, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Sir Thomas Gresham"

Clegg Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Lewis Clegg, aged 27, a joiner, arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Hudson" in 1879
  • Isabella Clegg, aged 25, arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Hudson" in 1879
  • Alexander Clegg, aged 30, a watchmaker, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rangitikei" in 1884
  • Elizabeth Clegg, aged 28, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rangitikei" in 1884
  • Elizabeth Clegg, aged 6, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rangitikei" in 1884


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  • Charles M Clegg Jr. (1916-1979), American author, photographer, and railroad historian
  • Sir William Clegg (1852-1932), English footballer and politician
  • Samuel Clegg (1781-1861), English inventor
  • Sir John Charles Clegg (1850-1937), English footballer
  • John Clegg (b. 1934), English actor
  • Simon Clegg, Chief Executive of Ipswich Town Football Club
  • Mr. Arthur Clegg (d. 1915), English 1st Class Cabin Bed Steward from Aintree, Liverpool, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
  • Nicholas William Peter Clegg (b. 1967), British Member of Parliament
  • Sir Walter Clegg (1920-1994), British Conservative politician
  • Robin Clegg (b. 1977), Canadian Olympic biathlete

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  • The Cleggs of Old Chatham by W. Harold Broughton.
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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: Qui potest capere capiat
Motto Translation: Let him take who can take.

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The Clegg Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Clegg Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 19 February 2015 at 06:00.

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