The origins of the Cleygate name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. It comes from when the family lived in the village of Clegett or Clegett Hall, in the parish of Rochdale, Kent
. The surname is derived from the Old Norse word which means a haystack-shaped hill.
The surname also has an occupational
origin, which means that it is derived form the trade or profession of the original bearer. The name was also given to those who worked as bellringers.
Early Origins of the Cleygate family
The surname Cleygate was first found in Kent
, at Claygate Cross, a hamlet in the Sevenoaks District. Alternatively, the name could have been derived from Claygate, a village in Surrey
that dates back to the Domesday Book
of 1086 where it was first listed as Claigate, a manor of the village Thames Ditton. CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
The main manor of the village was held by Westminster Abbey.
Early History of the Cleygate family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cleygate research.Another 205 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1198, 1215, 1317, 1660, 1716, 1721, 1756, 1646 and 1688 are included under the topic Early Cleygate History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Cleygate Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon
surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Cleygate were recorded, including Clagett, Claggitt, Clegget, Cleggett, Cleygate, Claygate, Clackett, Claigate, Cleget, Claggett, Claggot and many more.
Early Notables of the Cleygate family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Cleygate family to the New World and Oceana
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Cleygate family emigrate to North America: Thomas Clagett who arrived in Maryland in 1670 and Thomas John Clagett in Maryland in 1767.