Clements History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Clements is a name that dates far back into the mists of early British history to the days of the Anglo-Saxon tribes. It 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 Clements family

The surname Clements 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 Knights Templar show William and Richard Clement in 1153, and Robertus Clemens in 1155. [1]

The name was "enormously popular in the 13th century. Hence as a surname itself and its variants will be immortalized in our directories." [2]

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 included: Eustace filius Clement, Oxfordshire; Hugh Clement, Cambridgeshire; Richard Clemence, Huntingdonshire; Matthew Clemens, Oxfordshire; Peter filius Clement, Salop (Shropshire); and Clemens Janitor, Norfolk. [2]

Later the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 listed: Clemens Alius Elenoe; Johannes Clement; and Petrus Clementson as all holding lands as that time. [2]

Early History of the Clements family

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Clements 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 Clements 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 Clements include: Clements, Clement, Clemens, Climer and others.

Early Notables of the Clements 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 Gregory Clement (1594-1660), an English Member of Parliament (MP) and one of the regicides of King Charles I, he was hanged, drawn and quartered at Charing Cross on 17 October 1660. Margaret Clements or Clement (1508-1570), was a learned lady, whose maiden name was...
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Ireland Migration of the Clements family to Ireland

Some of the Clements family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Clements migration to the United States +

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 Clements or a variant listed above:

Clements Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Elizabeth Clements, who settled in Jamestown, Virginia in 1611
  • Jeremiah Clements, who landed in Virginia in 1617 [3]
  • Ezechell Clements, aged 20, who arrived in Barbados or St Christopher in 1634 [3]
  • Edey Clements, who landed in Virginia in 1635 [3]
  • Tho Clements, aged 30, who arrived in Virginia in 1635 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Clements Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Ernst Clements, who landed in New York in 1709-1710 [3]
  • Jane Clements, who arrived in Virginia in 1714 [3]
  • Elizabeth Clements, who arrived in Georgia in 1738 [3]
  • Harris Clements, who landed in America in 1765 [3]
  • John Michael Clements, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1773 [3]
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Clements Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Andrew Clements, who emigrated from Ireland to New York in 1803
  • David Clements, aged 22, who landed in New York, NY in 1803 [3]
  • Francis Clements, who was naturalized in North Carolina in 1806
  • Margaret Clements, who landed in New York, NY in 1812 [3]
  • James Clements, who landed in New York, NY in 1816 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Clements migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Clements Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Capt. Peter Clements U.E. born in New York, USA who settled in Fredericton, New Brunswick c. 1783 he was Captain in King's American Regiment [4]
Clements Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Jamie Clements, aged 26, a farmer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Leslie Gault" in 1833
  • Mary Clements, aged 26, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Leslie Gault" in 1833

Australia Clements migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Clements Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Henry Clements, English convict who was convicted in London, England for life, transported aboard the "Baring" in April 1815, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [5]
  • Mr. William Clements, English convict who was convicted in Berkshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Baring" in December 1818, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [5]
  • James Clements, English convict from Bristol, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on April 1st, 1822, settling in New South Wales, Australia [6]
  • George Clements, English convict from Somerset, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on September 21, 1826, settling in New South Wales, Australia [7]
  • George Clements, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Argyle" on March 5th, 1831, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [8]
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New Zealand Clements migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Clements Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Edwards G Clements, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Spray of the Ocean" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 1st September 1859 [9]
  • Fanny Clements, who arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ambrosine" in 1860
  • Fanny Clements, aged 28, who arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ambrosine" in 1860
  • Jane Clements, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Nimroud" in 1864
  • Robert Clements, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Asterope" in 1865
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Contemporary Notables of the name Clements (post 1700) +

  • George Harold Clements (1932-2019), American Roman Catholic priest who in 1981 became the first Catholic priest in the Chicago area to adopt a child
  • Rita Crocker Clements (1931-2018), American Republican Party organizer, First Lady of the U.S. state of Texas (1987-1991)
  • Frederick Edward Clements (1874-1945), American plant ecologist
  • Andrew Clements (b. 1949), award-winning American author of children's books
  • William Perry "Bill" Clements (1917-2011), American Governor of Texas from 1979 to 1983 and 1987 to 1991
  • Vassar Clements (b. 1937), prominent American fiddler
  • Earle C Clements (1896-1985), American senator
  • James Franklin "Jim" Clements (1927-2005), American ornithologist and author
  • Donald C. Clements, American fighter pilot and flying ace in the U.S. Navy, during World War II, credited with 5 aerial victories
  • Robert E. Clements, American fighter pilot and flying ace in the U.S. Navy, during World War II, credited with 5 aerial victories
  • ... (Another 58 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Empress of Ireland
  • Mr. Robert H. Clements, Canadian Third Class Passenger from Port Hope, Ontario, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [10]
HMS Dorsetshire
  • John Clements, British aboard the HMS Dorsetshire when she was struck by air bombers and sunk; he survived the sinking [11]
HMS Hood
  • Mr. Thomas W Clements (b. 1921), English Able Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Bulwell, Nottinghamshire, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [12]
HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. Thomas Charles Clements, British Ordnance Artificer 1st Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died in the sinking [13]
  • Mr. Samuel Clements, British Stoker 1st Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [13]
HMS Royal Oak
  • Frederick S. Clements, British Leading Cook with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he survived the sinking [14]
  • Ernest Frank James Clements (d. 1939), British Marine with the Royal Marine aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [14]


  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. ^ 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)
  4. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  5. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 16th September 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/baring
  6. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1822 with 190 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1822
  7. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Albion voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1826 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1826
  8. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Argyle voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1831 with 251 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/argyle/1831
  9. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  10. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 16) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html
  11. ^ Force Z Survivors HMS Dorsetshire Crew List, (Retrieved 2018, February 13th), https://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listdorsetshirecrew.html
  12. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm
  13. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
  14. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html


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