Clem History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The history of the Clem name began with the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from the given name Clement which means the son of Clement. The name is from Latin origin and applies to a mild or merciful individual. It gained popularity in Medieval Europe when it was borne by an early saint who was a disciple of St. Paul, and later when the name was used by several early popes.

Early Origins of the Clem family

The surname Clem was first found in Brecknock, in the Welsh princedom of Powys, located in the border country between Wales and England. A bearer of Clement is said to have arrived in the Norman Conquest of England with Bernard Newmarche. Together they later fought in Brecon where they conquered the Lordship of Caron; after this battle Clement was given land at Llangorse Lake and at Cathedine.

There is a record of a grant of these lands to Geoffrey Clement made at Westminster by Edward 1 on the 10th February 1290. There has also long been a family of this name in Oxfordshire, where record of the Templars show William and Richard Clement in 1153, and Robertus Clemens in 1155.

Important Dates for the Clem family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Clem research. Another 166 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1162, 1210, 1233, 1273, 1379, 1489, 1685, 1742, 1258, 1594, 1660, 1660, 1797 and are included under the topic Early Clem History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Clem Spelling Variations

Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Clem family name include Clements, Clement, Clemens, Climer and others.

Early Notables of the Clem family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Clement of Dunblane (d. 1258), a Dominican friar, and close associate of King Alexander II of Scotland, who was made Bishop of Dunblane; and...
Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Clem Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Clem family to Ireland

Some of the Clem family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 111 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Clem migration to the United States

For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Clem surname or a spelling variation of the name include :

Clem Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Hans Clem, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1748 [1]
  • Jakob Clem, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1749 [1]
  • George Clem, who arrived in Maryland in 1749 [1]
Clem Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Jose Clem, aged 40, who landed in New Orleans in 1829 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Clem (post 1700)

  • Dr. Ralph S. Clem, Florida International University professor, geographer, author, decorated U.S.A.F. General
  • Brian L. Clem, Democratic member of the Oregon House of Representatives
  • John Lincoln Clem (1851-1937), American Army general who had served as a drummer boy in the Union Army in the American Civil War, the youngest noncommissioned officer in Army history
  • Mitch Andrew Clem (b. 1982), American cartoonist best known for his web comics
  • Clem S. Morris, American Democrat politician, Candidate for West Virginia State House of Delegates from Ritchie County, 1928
  • Clem Labine (1926-2007), American Major League Baseball player
  • Clem Morden (1907-1987), former Australian rules footballer who played from 1928 to 1932
  • Clem and Ruby Krider, American longtime supporters of the Arts, eponym of the Krider Performing Arts Center (KPAC) in Paris, Henry County, Tennessee
  • Clem F. Crowe (1903-1983), American NFL and CFL football coach
  • Clem Bastow (b. 1982), Australian writer, broadcaster and music critic

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  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
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