Clisson is an ancient Anglo-Saxon
surname that 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 Clisson family
The surname Clisson 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 Clisson family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Clisson 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 Clisson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Clisson Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations
are common among early Anglo-Saxon
names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Clisson has been recorded under many different variations, including Clayson, Clawson, Claxson, Claison, Clason, Clisson and many more.
Early Notables of the Clisson 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 Clisson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Clisson family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England
made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Clisson or a variant listed above: James Clayso in settled in Virginia in 1665.