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.
Early Origins of the Clephane family
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 Clephane family
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Clephane Spelling Variations
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.
Early Notables of the Clephane family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Clephane family to Ireland
Some of the Clephane family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Clephane family to the New World and Oceana
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
Clephane Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Contemporary Notables of the name Clephane (post 1700)
The Clephane 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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