Show ContentsClewes 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. [1]

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...
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Australia Clewes migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Clewes Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. James Clewes, (b. 1803), aged 25, English brickmaker who was convicted in Newark upon Trent, Nottinghamshire, England for 7 years for stealing, transported aboard the "Eliza" on 25th June 1828, arriving in New South Wales, Australia, he died in 1845 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Clewes (post 1700) +

  • Howard Clewes (1912-1988), English BAFTA Award nominated screenwriter and novelist, best known for his screenplay The Day They Robbed the Bank of England (1960)
  • Peter Clewes, Canadian architect and the principal of the Toronto-based firm architectsAlliance

  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. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 17th February 2022). Retrieved from on Facebook