Clisbee is a name that came to England
in the 11th century wave of migration that was set off by the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Clisbee family lived in Cleasby, a parish near Darlington in the North Riding of Yorkshire.
Early Origins of the Clisbee family
The surname Clisbee was first found in Yorkshire
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy
, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron
, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England
to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, this large village of Cleasby (sometimes Clesby) in the North Riding of Yorkshire
was held by Enisan, a Norman noble, who is the conjectural ancestor of the Cleasby surname.
Early History of the Clisbee family
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Clisbee Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations
are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Clisbee has been recorded under many different variations, including Clesby, Cleasby, Clisby, Clisbee, Clesbie, Clesebi, Cleseby, Clesby, Clesbe and many more.
Early Notables of the Clisbee family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Clisbee family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England
, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Clisbees were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America: William Clisby who arrived in America in 1768.
Contemporary Notables of the name Clisbee (post 1700)
- Charles W. Clisbee, American Republican politician, Member of Michigan State Senate 15th District, 1867-68; Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 1868; Presidential Elector for Michigan, 1868 CITATION[CLOSE]
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