The ancestry of the name Clitheroe dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. It comes from when the family lived in the area of Clithero in the county of Lancashire
, beside the river Ribble.
Early Origins of the Clitheroe family
The surname Clitheroe was first found in Lancashire
at Clitheroe, a town and civil parish in the Borough of Ribble Valley. The name Clitheroe is thought to come from the Anglo-Saxon
for "Rocky Hill." The town is home to Clitheroe Castle, a motte and bailey castle which probably dates back to before 1086 as there is reference to it as "castellatu Rogerii pictaviensis" in 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)
In 2007, the castle was restored to its original beauty and is now open to the public. The Honour of Clitheroe is an ancient grouping of manors and royal forests centered on Clitheroe Castle. The Battle of Clitheroe was fought 10 June 1138 between Scots and English knights.
Early History of the Clitheroe family
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Clitheroe Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Clitheroe have been found, including Clitherow, Clitheroe, Cletherow, Clyderow, Cliderow and many more.
Early Notables of the Clitheroe family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Clitheroe family to the New World and Oceana
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England
. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England
, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Clitheroe, or a variant listed above:
Clitheroe Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Robert Clitheroe who settled in Jamaica in 1684
Clitheroe Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- John Clitheroe, who settled in Virginia in 1731
Clitheroe Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- John Clitheroe, aged 29, who landed in America, in 1894
Clitheroe Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Harold Clitheroe, aged 18, who landed in America from Manchester, England, in 1917
- Joseph Clitheroe, aged 18, who settled in America, in 1920
- James Clitheroe, aged 52, who emigrated to the United States, in 1924
Clitheroe Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Ralph Clitheroe, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
Contemporary Notables of the name Clitheroe (post 1700)
- Roger Ian Clitheroe (b. 1966), former English cricketer
- Paul Hugh Clitheroe AM (b. 1955), English-born, Australian television presenter, financial analyst and financial advisor
- James Robinson "Jimmy" Clitheroe (1921-1973), English comic entertainer from Clitheroe, Lancashire, best known for his BBC Radio programme, The Clitheroe Kid (1957 to 1972)
- Helen Teresa Clitheroe (b. 1974), née Pattinson, British gold and bronze medalist middle and long-distance runner from Preston, Lancashire