Clewes History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The ancient roots of the Clewes family name are in the Anglo-Saxon culture. The name Clewes 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 Clewes family
The surname Clewes was first found in Yorkshire where the first record of the family was Willelmus de Clowe who was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379. 
Early History of the Clewes family
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Clewes 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 Clewes has appeared include Clowes, Clowe, Clows and others.
Early Notables of the Clewes family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include William Clowes the Elder (c.1543-1604), an early English surgeon and author. He was the "son of Thomas and grandson of Nicholas Clowes, both of Kingsbury in Warwickshire, and great-grandson of Geffrey Clowes of Tutbury in Staffordshire, all of them gentlemen bearing tokens and arms of honour, helm, mantle, and...
Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:
Clewes Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century