The Clemas surname finds its earliest origins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. Their 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 Clemas family
The surname Clemas was first found in Brecknock, in the Welsh
princedom of Powys
, located in the border country between Wales
. A bearer of Clement is said to have arrived in the Norman Conquest
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.
Early History of the Clemas family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Clemas research.Another 282 words (20 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 Clemas History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Clemas Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Clemas are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Clemas include: Clements, Clement, Clemens, Climer and others.
Early Notables of the Clemas 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 Clemas Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Clemas family to Ireland
Some of the Clemas family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 174 words (12 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Clemas family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Clemas or a variant listed above: Elizabeth Clements, who came to Jamestown, Virginia in 1611; August Clement, who immigrated to Massachusetts in 1635; Edey Clement, who settled in Virginia in 1635.