The origins of the Cletheroh name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. It comes from when the family lived in the area of Clithero in the county of Lancashire
, beside the river Ribble.
Early Origins of the Cletheroh family
The surname Cletheroh was first found in Lancashire
at Clitheroe, a town and civil parish in the Borough of Ribble Valley. The name Clitheroe is thought to come from the Anglo-Saxon
for "Rocky Hill." The town is home to Clitheroe Castle, a motte and bailey castle which probably dates back to before 1086 as there is reference to it as "castellatu Rogerii pictaviensis" in the Domesday Book
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
In 2007, the castle was restored to its original beauty and is now open to the public. The Honour of Clitheroe is an ancient grouping of manors and royal forests centered on Clitheroe Castle. The Battle of Clitheroe was fought 10 June 1138 between Scots and English knights.
Early History of the Cletheroh family
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Cletheroh Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon
surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Cletheroh were recorded, including Clitherow, Clitheroe, Cletherow, Clyderow, Cliderow and many more.
Early Notables of the Cletheroh family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Cletheroh family to the New World and Oceana
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Cletheroh family emigrate to North America: Robert Clitheroe who settled in Jamaica in 1684; John Clitheroe settled in Virginia in 1731.