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The Clemence name is an important part of the history of the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. Clemence 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.



Clemence Early Origins



The surname Clemence 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.

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Clemence Spelling Variations


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Clemence Spelling Variations



Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Clemence were recorded, including Clements, Clement, Clemens, Climer and others.

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Clemence Early History


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Clemence Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Clemence research. Another 331 words (24 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 Clemence History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Clemence Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Clemence Early Notables (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 Clemence Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Clemence In Ireland


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Clemence In Ireland



Some of the Clemence family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 209 words (15 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Clemence family emigrate to North America:

Clemence Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Robert Clemence, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1642
  • William Clemence, who arrived in Virginia in 1657
  • Ambrose Clemence, who landed in Maryland in 1665
  • George Clemence, who arrived in Maryland in 1666

Clemence Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Nicholas Clemence, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1748

Clemence Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Clemence, who landed in New York in 1837

Clemence Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • George Clemence, aged 25, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Lord Raglan"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Clemence (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Clemence (post 1700)



  • Gerald Maurice Clemence (1908-1974), American astronomer
  • Stephen Neal Clemence (b. 1978), retired English football midfielder
  • Raymond Neal "Ray" Clemence MBE (b. 1948), retired English football goalkeeper

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
    2. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    3. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
    4. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    5. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    6. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    7. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    8. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    9. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    10. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    11. ...

    The Clemence Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Clemence 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 21 January 2015 at 01:25.

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