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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.

Clench Early Origins



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.

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Clench Spelling Variations


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Clench 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 Clench have been found, including Clinch, Clench, Clinche, Clenche, Clynch and others.

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Clench Early History


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Clench Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Clench research. Another 157 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1223, 1273, 1327, 1332, 1593, 1692 and 1680 are included under the topic Early Clench History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Clench Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Clench Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 47 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Clench Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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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. 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, landed in Massachusetts in 1812

Clench Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Ralfe Clench U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1783 [1]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 arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Navarino" in 1849

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Contemporary Notables of the name Clench (post 1700)


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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

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Clench Historic Events


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Clench Historic Events




RMS Titanic

  • 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

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Citations



  1. ^ 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

Other References

  1. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  2. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  3. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  4. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  5. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  7. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  8. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  9. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  10. 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.
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The Clench Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Clench 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 18 February 2015 at 13:15.

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