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The earliest origins of the name Clephane date back to the time of the Anglo-Saxons. The name is derived from Osgoode Clapa who was a nobleman of Danish or Saxon origin. As a man of noble worth he attended the Court of King Canute. Another possible origin of the surname Clephane may be an extension of the Old English Clop which meant lump. It was often applied as a nickname to someone who was large and ungainly. Essentially the surname Clephane was adopted from Clepan in Sussex which in turn came form Osgoode Clappa. It was adopted in England as a surname only after the Norman Conquest of 1066.

Clephane Early Origins



The surname Clephane was first found in Lauderdale 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.

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Clephane Spelling Variations


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Clephane Spelling Variations



Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Clephane include Clephane, Clepane, Clepan, Cleppin and others.

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Clephane Early History


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Clephane Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Clephane research. Another 313 words (22 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Clephane History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Clephane Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Clephane Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Clephane Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Clephane In Ireland


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Clephane In Ireland



Some of the Clephane family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 101 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Clephane or a variant listed above:

Clephane Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • David Clephane, who landed in Virginia in 1710

Clephane Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • James Clephane, who arrived in Norfolk, Va in 1817
  • James Clephane who settled in Norfolk Virginia in 1817

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Contemporary Notables of the name Clephane (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Clephane (post 1700)



  • James Ogilvie Clephane (1842-1910), American court reporter and venture capitalist, known as the "father of the linotype machine"
  • Lewis Clephane, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from District of Columbia, 1856; Postmaster at Washington, District of Columbia, 1861-63
  • Elizabeth Cecelia Douglas Clephane (1830-1869), Scottish author of the hymns "Beneath the Cross of Jesus" and "The Ninety and Nine"
  • John Clephane M.D. (1758-1749), Scottish physician, Fellow of the Royal Society in 1749

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Ut sim paratior
Motto Translation: That I may be the better prepared.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    2. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
    3. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    4. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    5. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
    6. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    7. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    8. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    9. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    10. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
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    The Clephane Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Clephane 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 23 October 2015 at 09:26.

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