The name Clemay is tied to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of England
. It comes 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 Clemay family
The surname Clemay 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 Clemay family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Clemay 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 Clemay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Clemay Spelling Variations
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 Clemay has undergone many spelling variations
, including Clements, Clement, Clemens, Climer and others.
Early Notables of the Clemay 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 Clemay Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Clemay family to Ireland
Some of the Clemay 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 Clemay family to the New World and Oceana
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 Clemay were among those contributors: 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.