Anglo-Saxon surname that came from MacLennan as an alternative variant. The surname Clenton 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 Clenton family
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 Clenton family
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Clenton Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Clenton has been recorded under many different variations, including Clendon, Clendin, Clandon, Clanton, Clenton and others.
Early Notables of the Clenton family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Clenton family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Clenton or a variant listed above:
Clenton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
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