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The prestigious surname Clermont comes from the majestic region of Dauphiné, in France. Clermont is a topographic surname, a form of hereditary surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. Habitation names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties. As a general rule, the greater the distance between an individual and their homeland, the larger the territory they were named after. For example, a person who only moved to another parish would be known by the name of their original village, while people who migrated to a different country were often known by the name of a region or country from which they came.

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The surname Clermont was first found in Dauphiny (French: Dauphiné or Dauphiné Viennois), a former province in southeastern France, where they held a family seat as lords of the manor and estates.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Clermont, Clairmont, Clermount, Clairmount, Clermonte, Clairmonte, Clermond, Clairmond, Claremount, Claremond, Claremont, Claremonte, Clermonte, Clairmounte, Clairmond, Clairemont, Clairemounte, Cleremont, Cleremount, Clearmount, Clermond, Clairemon, Claremon and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Clermont research. Another 335 words (24 lines of text) covering the years 1070, 1080, 1303, 1571, 1603, 1700, and 1747 are included under the topic Early Clermont History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Clermont Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Clermont Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Paul Clermont, who landed in Massachusetts in 1763

Clermont Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Joseph D Clermont, aged 36, arrived in Louisiana in 1812
  • Henry William Clermont who settled in Philadelphia in 1855

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  • Vincent Pierre Clermont, Knight of the Legion of Honour, Chief Engineer of mines, Paris
  • Edgar Jules Henri Clermont, Industrial Businessman of France


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  10. Rupp, Daniel L. A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants to Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776. Baltimore. Print.
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The Clermont Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Clermont 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.

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