The Clewis name has descended through the generations from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. Their name comes from having 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 Clewis family
The surname Clewis 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 Clewis family
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Clewis Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Clewis has undergone many spelling variations
, including Clowes, Clowe, Clows and others.
Early Notables of the Clewis family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Clewis family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the unstable social climate in England
of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Clewis were among those contributors: Elizabeth Clowes who settled in New England
in 1750; John Clowes settled in Philadelphia in 1834; Joseph Clowes settled in San Francisco in 1852; John Clows settled in Delaware Bay with his wife Marjorie and three children in 1683.
Contemporary Notables of the name Clewis (post 1700)
- Robert R. Clewis, American author and professor of philosophy