Clisby History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Clisby is one of the names that was brought to England in the wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Clisby family lived in Cleasby, a parish near Darlington in the North Riding of Yorkshire.
Early Origins of the Clisby family
The surname Clisby 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,  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.
Important Dates for the Clisby family
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Clisby Spelling Variations
Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Clisby family name include Clesby, Cleasby, Clisby, Clisbee, Clesbie, Clesebi, Cleseby, Clesby, Clesbe and many more.
Early Notables of the Clisby family (pre 1700)
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Clisby migration to the United States
To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Clisby family to immigrate North America:
Typical Clisby Emigration from the United Kingdom to North America
Clisby Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- William Clisby who arrived in America in 1768
Clisby migration to Australia
Emigration to Australia
followed the First Fleets
of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:
Clisby Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- John Clisby, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Prince George" in 1838 
- George Clisby, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Rajasthan" in 1838 
- Sarah Clisby, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Rajasthan" in 1838 
- George Lewis Clisby, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Rajasthan" in 1838 
- Harriet Clisby, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Rajasthan" in 1838 
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Contemporary Notables of the name Clisby (post 1700)
- J. H. Clisby, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Alabama, 1884 
- Mitch Clisby (b. 1990), Australian rules football player
- Jack Clisby (b. 1992), Australian footballer
- Mark Wallis Clisby, Australian lawyer, author, journalist and military historian
- Leslie Redford "Les" Clisby DFC (1914-1940), Australian fighter ace of World War II credited with sixteen aerial victories
- Les Clisby, Australian fighter pilot and flying ace in the Royal Air Force, during World War II, credited with 16 aerial victories
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- ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
- ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PRINCE GEORGE 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838PrinceGeorge-London.htm
- ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) RAJASTHAN 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Rajasthan.htm
- ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 15) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html