The name Cleworth is of Anglo-Saxon
origin and came from when the family lived in the town of Cleworth, in the south of the county of Lancashire.
Early Origins of the Cleworth family
The surname Cleworth was first found in Lancashire
where they held a family seat
. From their early beginnings, for the next few centuries, the family name also acquired other estates or manors as branches established themselves throughout England
. The major conflicts of the eras, such as the War of the Roses, the English Reformation
, and the English Civil War sometimes found them to be in opposing camps, with conflicting interests.
Early History of the Cleworth family
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Cleworth Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Cleworth are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Cleworth include: Cleworth, Clewarth, Cleeworth, Cleworthe and others.
Early Notables of the Cleworth family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Cleworth family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Cleworth or a variant listed above:
Cleworth Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Peter Cleworth, who arrived in Detroit in 1865
- Ann Cleworth, who arrived in Detroit in 1865
Contemporary Notables of the name Cleworth (post 1700)
- Roger Cleworth Jr., American sailor at the 2004 Summer Paralympics
- Harold James Cleworth, American motorcycle artist