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Where did the English Clemons family come from? What is the English Clemons family crest and coat of arms? When did the Clemons family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Clemons family history?

The generations and branches of the Clemons family share a name that has its roots in the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. The name Clemons 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.


Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Clemons include Clements, Clement, Clemens, Climer and others.

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.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Clemons 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 Clemons History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 109 words(8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Clemons Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Clemons 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.


Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Clemons or a variant listed above:

Clemons Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Richard Clemons, who arrived in Virginia in 1711

Clemons Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Simeon Clemons, who arrived in Canada in 1832


  • Clarence Clemons (1942-2011), known by fans as The Big Man, an American musician and actor
  • Michael Lutrell "Pinball" Clemons (b. 1965), American current Vice-Chair for the Toronto Argonauts
  • Chris Clemons, American baseball player
  • Lance Levis Clemons (1947-2008), American left-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball
  • Charlie Fitzgerald Clemons (b. 1972), former American football linebacker
  • Duane Anthony Clemons (b. 1974), former American Football defensive end
  • Scott Clemons (b. 1960), American politician of the Democratic Party
  • Kortney Clemons (b. 1980), American Paralympic athlete and Iraq War Veteran
  • Alonzo Clemons, American animal sculptor and a savant
  • Christopher Hale Clemons (b. 1972), retired Major League Baseball pitcher



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The Clemons Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Clemons 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 13 March 2015 at 20:59.

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