The ancient roots of the Clew family name are in the Anglo-Saxon
culture. The name Clew comes from when the family lived in Cheshire
in an area that was described by the Old English word as cloh,
which means that the bearers of this surname lived near a ravine or hollow.
It also could be described as the place that was set back from the town or village.
Early Origins of the Clew family
The surname Clew was first found in Cheshire
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.
Early History of the Clew family
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Clew Spelling Variations
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations
under which the name Clew has appeared include Clowes, Clowe, Clows and others.
Early Notables of the Clew family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Clew family to the New World and Oceana
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England
at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Clew arrived in North America very early:
Clew Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Daniel Clew, aged 21, who arrived in New England in 1699 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
Clew Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Mr. William Clew U.E. who settled in Eastern District [Cornwall], Ontario c. 1783 CITATION[CLOSE]
Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X