Clewell History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestry of the name Clewell dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It comes from when the family lived in the locality of Clulow, "in the township of Wincle, parish of Prestbury, Cheshire. From Clulow Cross there is said to be a fine view over parts of Staffordshire and Cheshire. " [1]

Early Origins of the Clewell family

The surname Clewell was first found in Cheshire, where early records of the family are indeed rare. Prestbury Church in Cheshire listed Ralph Hordeme and Anne Cluley marrying in 1615 and the same source notes that Robert Millington and Ellen Cluley were married in 1617. [1]

Early History of the Clewell family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Clewell research. Another 71 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1615, 1617, 1633, 1648, 1727 and 1804 are included under the topic Early Clewell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Clewell Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Clewell have been found, including Clulow, Clewly, Clewlow, Clulye, Clulee, Clewely, Cluley and many more.

Early Notables of the Clewell family (pre 1700)

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United States Clewell migration to the United States +

Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Clewell, or a variant listed above:

Clewell Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Francis Clewell, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1737 [2]
  • Geo Clewell, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1737 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Clewell (post 1700) +

  • Brigadier-General Edgar Lewis Clewell (1896-1973), American Assistant Chief Procurement & Distribution Service, Office of Chief Signal Officer (1944-1946) [3]


  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, November 3) Edgar Clewell. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Clewell/Edgar_Lewis/USA.html


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