name Clegget comes from the family having resided in the village of Clegett or Clegett Hall, in the parish of Rochdale, Kent
. The surname is derived from the Old Norse word which means a haystack-shaped hill.
The surname also has an occupational
origin, which means that it is derived form the trade or profession of the original bearer. The name was also given to those who worked as bellringers.
Early Origins of the Clegget family
The surname Clegget was first found in Kent
, at Claygate Cross, a hamlet in the Sevenoaks District. Alternatively, the name could have been derived from Claygate, a village in Surrey
that dates back to the Domesday Book
of 1086 where it was first listed as Claigate, a manor of the village Thames Ditton. CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
The main manor of the village was held by Westminster Abbey.
Early History of the Clegget family
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Clegget Spelling Variations
Clegget has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred
years, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Spelling variants included: Clagett, Claggitt, Clegget, Cleggett, Cleygate, Claygate, Clackett, Claigate, Cleget, Claggett, Claggot and many more.
Early Notables of the Clegget family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Clegget family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Cleggets to arrive on North American shores: Thomas Clagett who arrived in Maryland in 1670 and Thomas John Clagett in Maryland in 1767.