Clemes History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The name Clemes was spawned by the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture that ruled a majority 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.
Early Origins of the Clemes family
The surname Clemes 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. 
The name was "enormously popular in the 13th century. Hence as a surname itself and its variants will be immortalized in our directories." 
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. 
Later the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 listed: Clemens Alius Elenoe; Johannes Clement; and Petrus Clementson as all holding lands as that time. 
Early History of the Clemes family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Clemes research. Another 166 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1162, 1210, 1233, 1273, 1379, 1489, 1685, 1742, 1258, 1594, 1660, 1660, 1508, 1570, 1508, 1572, 1626, 1797 and are included under the topic Early Clemes History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Clemes Spelling Variations
Clemes has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Clemes have been found, including Clements, Clement, Clemens, Climer and others.
Early Notables of the Clemes 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...
Another 74 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Clemes Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Clemes family to Ireland
Some of the Clemes family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 123 words (9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Clemes migration to the United States +
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Clemess to arrive on North American shores:
Clemes Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Mr. John Henry Clemes, (b. 1850), aged 55, Cornish engineer travelling aboard the ship "Baltic" arriving at Ellis Island, New York in 1905 en route to Juneau, Alaska, USA 
Clemes migration to Australia +
Emigration to Australia
followed the First Fleets
of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:
Clemes Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Mr. Robert Clemes, (b. 1838), aged 18, Cornish agricultural labourer, from travelling aboard the ship "Kate" arriving in New South Wales, Australia on 23rd December 1856 
- Richard Clemes, aged 34, a miner, who arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Confiance" 
Contemporary Notables of the name Clemes (post 1700) +
Historic Events for the Clemes family +
- Mr. Norman T Clemes, British Boy, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking 
Related Stories +