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The rich and ancient history of the Clemens family name dates back to the time of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. 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.



Clemens Early Origins



The surname Clemens 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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Clemens Spelling Variations


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Clemens Spelling Variations



Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Clemens have been found, including Clements, Clement, Clemens, Climer and others.

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Clemens Early History


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Clemens Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Clemens 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 Clemens History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Clemens Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Clemens 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 Clemens Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Clemens In Ireland


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Clemens In Ireland



Some of the Clemens 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



Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Among the first immigrants of the name Clemens, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were :

Clemens Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Anthony Clemens, who arrived in America in 1620
  • William Clemens, who arrived in Virginia in 1623
  • Robert Clemens, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1642
  • Eliz Clemens, who landed in Virginia in 1654
  • Dan Clemens, who arrived in Virginia in 1663
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Clemens Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Gerhard Clemens, who came to America in 1709 at the age of 28 with his wife and two sons
  • Michel Clemens, who landed in America in 1738
  • Michell Clemens, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1738
  • Gottfried Clemens, who arrived in North Carolina in 1754
  • Jacob Clemens, who arrived in America in 1754

Clemens Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Johann G Clemens, aged 31, arrived in Missouri in 1842
  • Adam Clemens, aged 49, arrived in Missouri in 1848
  • Elisabeth Clemens, aged 25, arrived in New York, NY in 1848
  • Dominique Clemens, aged 32, landed in New York, NY in 1849
  • Anna Maria Clemens, aged 25, landed in New York, NY in 1849
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Clemens Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Abraham, Clemens Jr., who arrived in Canada in 1831
  • Abraham, Clemens Sr., who landed in Canada in 1831
  • David Clemens, who arrived in Canada in 1831
  • Henry Clemens, who landed in Canada in 1831
  • Jesse Clemens, who landed in Canada in 1832

Clemens Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Christine Clemens, aged 23, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Marion"
  • Richard Clemens, aged 33, a miner, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Nile"

Clemens Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Edward Clemens, aged 30, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Fifeshire" in 1842
  • Frederick Clemens, aged 21, a farm labourer, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Caroline" in 1876

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Contemporary Notables of the name Clemens (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Clemens (post 1700)



  • Major-General Paul Bernard Clemens (1882-1960), American Commanding General 32nd Division (1946)
  • John Barry Clemens (b. 1943), former American professional basketball player
  • Orion Clemens (1825-1897), the American first and only Secretary of Nevada Territory
  • Douglas Horace Clemens (b. 1939), American professional baseball player
  • Sherrard Clemens (1820-1881), American nineteenth century politician and lawyer
  • Jeremiah Clemens (1814-1865), U.S. senator and novelist from the state of Alabama
  • Kellen Clemens (b. 1983), American football quarterback
  • James Brackenridge Clemens (1825-1867), American entomologist
  • William Roger Clemens (b. 1962), nicknamed "Rocket", is a former American Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Samuel "Mark Twain" Clemens (1835-1910), prolific American author of such widely celebrated novels as "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" and "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn"
  • ... (Another 7 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Clemens Historic Events


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Clemens Historic Events




Hindenburg LZ-129

  • Mr. Karl Otto Clemens (1909-1937), German Photographer from Bonn, Germany, who was a passenger on board the Hindenburg LZ-129 and survived the Airship Fire on May 6, 1937

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Suggested Readings for the name Clemens


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Suggested Readings for the name Clemens



  • The Ancestry of Samuel Clemens, Grandfather of Mark Twain by Raymond Martin Bell.
  • The Account Book of the Clemens Family of Lower Salford Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, 1749-1857 Raymond E. Hollenbach.

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    2. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    3. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    4. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    5. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
    6. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    7. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    8. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    9. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    10. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    11. ...

    The Clemens Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Clemens 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 20 September 2016 at 08:46.

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