The name Cloethier reached England
in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The name Cloethier is for a person employed making or selling nails, particularly those used for horse shoes. The surname is derived from the Old French word clou,
which in turn derives from the Latin word clavus,
which both mean nail.
Early Origins of the Cloethier family
The surname Cloethier was first found in Normandy
where they held a family seat.
Early History of the Cloethier family
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Cloethier Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Cloethier are characterized by many spelling variations
. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Cloethier include Cloutier, Clouthier, Clouther, Clothier, Clouter, Cluthier, Cloethier, Cloetier and many more.
Early Notables of the Cloethier family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Cloethier family to the New World and Oceana
Faced with the chaos present in England
at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia
in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Cloethier, or a variant listed above: Zacharie Cloutier II settled in Quebec in about 1630 and may have been the first immigrant of the name from Normandy
, his son Rene married Barbe Aymard in 1672.