Show ContentsClippslay History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Of all the Anglo-Saxon names to come from Britain, Clippslay is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived in Clippesby, a parish, in the East and West Flegg incorporation, hundred of West Flegg of Norfolk. "The church is partly in the early and partly in the later style, and the chancel contains an altar-tomb to the memory of John Clippesby and his lady, whose effigies are inlaid in brass. " [1]

Early Origins of the Clippslay family

The surname Clippslay was first found in Nottingham, where Johyn Clipstone (fl. 1378), was an English divine and a "member of the Carmelite convent of St. Nicholas in that city. He was also professor of sacred literature at Cambridge University. He wrote a variety of theological and devotional works, the style of which is much praised by Leland." [2]

Early History of the Clippslay family

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Clippslay Spelling Variations

The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Clippslay has been spelled many different ways, including Clypsby, Clippesby, Clipesby, Clipsby, Clipesbi, Clipseby, Clipsbie, Clipsley and many more.

Early Notables of the Clippslay family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Clippslay family

Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Clippslays to arrive in North America: Alice Clipson, who arrived in Maryland in 1678; Edmond Clipsham, who settled in Barbados in 1679; Michael Clipsham, who arrived in Canada in 1857; Thomas Clipsham, who came to Ontario in 1871.

  1. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print on Facebook