Clephane History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the Clephane family

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.

Important Dates for the Clephane family

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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.

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. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Clephane migration to the United States

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 [1]
Clephane Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • James Clephane, who arrived in Norfolk, Va in 1817 [1]
  • James Clephane who settled in Norfolk Virginia in 1817

Clephane migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Clephane Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Robert Clephane, (b. 1817), aged 39, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Joseph Fletcher" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 24th October 1856 [2]
  • Mrs. Wilhelmina Clephane, (b. 1818), aged 38, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Joseph Fletcher" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 24th October 1856 [2]
  • Mr. Alexander Clephane, (b. 1839), aged 17, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Joseph Fletcher" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 24th October 1856 [2]
  • Miss Alexiana Clephane, (b. 1851), aged 5, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Joseph Fletcher" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 24th October 1856 [2]
  • Miss Catharine Clephane, (b. 1853), aged 3, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Joseph Fletcher" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 24th October 1856 [2]

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 [3]
  • John Clephane M.D. (1758-1749), Scottish physician, Fellow of the Royal Society in 1749
  • Elizabeth Cecelia Douglas Clephane (1830-1869), Scottish author of the hymns "Beneath the Cross of Jesus" and "The Ninety and Nine"

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Citations

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 23) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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