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Clenche History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The ancestors of the Clenche surname lived among the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. The name comes from when they lived close to a low hill. The surname Clenche originally derived from the Old English word Clenc which meant lump.

Early Origins of the Clenche family


The surname Clenche 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 Clenche family


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Clenche Spelling Variations


Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Clenche include Clinch, Clench, Clinche, Clenche, Clynch and others.

Early Notables of the Clenche family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Clenche family to the New World and Oceana


A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants: Thomas Clinch who arrived in Somers Islands in 1662; Nicholas Clynch, his wife Alice and his brother John, who came to South Carolina sometime between 1670 and 1682.

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