The ancestry of the name Clench dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. It comes from when the family lived close to a low hill.
The surname Clench originally derived from the Old English word Clenc
which meant lump.
Early Origins of the Clench family
The surname Clench was first found in Wiltshire
, at a hamlet named Clench and/or Clench Common in the Vale of Pewsey to the east of Wootton Rivers, near Marlborough.
Early History of the Clench family
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Clench 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 Clench have been found, including Clinch, Clench, Clinche, Clenche, Clynch and others.
Early Notables of the Clench family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Clench family to the New World and Oceana
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. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Clench, or a variant listed above:
Clench Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- John Clench, aged 24, who landed in Massachusetts in 1812 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
Clench Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Mr. Ralfe Clench U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1783 CITATION[CLOSE]
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
Clench Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Freeman S Clench, who arrived in Canada in 1828
Clench Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- J.C. Clench, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Navarino" in 1849 CITATION[CLOSE]
State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) NAVARINO 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Navarino.htm
Contemporary Notables of the name Clench (post 1700)
- William James "Bill" Clench (1897-1984), American malacologist, professor at Harvard University
- Jim Clench (1949-2010), Canadian member of the bands April Wine and Bachman-Turner Overdrive
- Ralfe Clench (1762-1828), Canadian farmer, judge and political figure in Upper Canada
Historic Events for the Clench family
- Mr. Frederick Clench, aged 34, English Able Seaman from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping on life boat 12 CITATION[CLOSE]
Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html