The name Clison is of Anglo-Saxon
origin and came from the baptismal name Klaus,
(Nicholas). Baptismal names began to appear as surnames relatively late in the growth of the naming tradition. This is a little surprising, given the popularity of biblical figures in the Christian countries of Europe. Nevertheless, surnames derived from baptismal names grew in popularity during the Middle Ages, and have become one of the foremost sources for surnames. Furthermore, the suffix son
was frequently added to such names which in this case would have been derived from son of Klaus
or son of Nicholas.
Early Origins of the Clison family
The surname Clison was first found in Long Clawson, sometimes referred to as Claxton, a small village in Leicestershire
. The village dates back to before the Domesday Book
where it was recorded as Clachestone part of Framland Wapentake
and held by Robert the Usher CITATION[CLOSE]
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. As far as the surname is concerned, the first record of the name appears in Middlesex where they held a family seat
as early as 1340. Clays le Taburer is mentioned as being Minstrel to the King and later, during the reign of King Henry IV the name emerged as Clayson in the form of Henry Clayson. By 1328 the name had migrated north to Scotland
when Johanes Clayson was Chamberlain. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed.
Early History of the Clison family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Clison research.Another 165 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1455, 1487, 1336, 1407, 1364, 1370, 1370, 1373, 1380, 1392, 1382, 1389, 1392 and 1399 are included under the topic Early Clison History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Clison Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Clison include Clayson, Clawson, Claxson, Claison, Clason, Clisson and many more.
Early Notables of the Clison family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Olivier de Clisson (1336-1407), a Breton
soldier, distinguished himself at the Battle of Auray (1364), where he lost an eye in the fighting, and earned the nickname
"Butcher" because his troops were ordered to take no prisoners, due to differences he went over to the... Another 227 words (16 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Clison Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Clison family to the New World and Oceana
A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England
at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England
. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants: James Clayso in settled in Virginia in 1665.