The ancient Anglo-Saxon
surname Clenden came from MacLennan
as an alternative variant. The surname Clenden was primarily based in the Scottish Gaelic of MacGilleFhinnein.
The translation of this Gaelic surname meant servant of Finnan
who became revered as a saint.
Early Origins of the Clenden family
The surname Clenden was first found in Somerset
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Clenden family
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Clenden Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Clenden family name include Clendon, Clendin, Clandon, Clanton, Clenton and others.
Early Notables of the Clenden family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Clenden family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Clenden surname or a spelling variation of the name include: Joe Clanton who settled in Virginia in 1635; James Clenton arrived in New York State in 1803; W. S. Clendin arrived in San Francisco in 1852.