The ancestors of the bearers of the Cleworthe family name are thought have lived in ancient Anglo-Saxon England
. They were first found in the town of Cleworth, in the south of the county of Lancashire.
Early Origins of the Cleworthe family
The surname Cleworthe 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 Cleworthe family
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Cleworthe Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon
surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. Changes in Anglo-Saxon
names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Cleworthe include Cleworth, Clewarth, Cleeworth, Cleworthe and others.
Early Notables of the Cleworthe family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Cleworthe family to the New World and Oceana
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Cleworthe or a variant listed above: Peter Cleworth, who arrived in Detroit in 1865; and Ann Cleworth, who arrived in Detroit in 1865.