The ancestors of the Cloninger family were part of an ancient Scottish tribe called the Picts
. They lived in the lands of Clunie in Stormmot, Perthshire
where the name can be found since very early times.
Early Origins of the Cloninger family
The surname Cloninger was first found in Perthshire
(Gaelic: Siorrachd Pheairt) former county in the present day Council Area of Perth and Kinross, located in central Scotland
, where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Cloninger family
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Cloninger Spelling Variations
In medieval Scotland, names were more often spelled according to sound than any regular set of rules. An enormous number of spelling variations
were the result. Over the years, the name Cloninger has been spelled Clunie, Clooney, Cloon, Cloone, Clowney, Clune, Cluney, Clunis and many more.
Early Notables of the Cloninger family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Cloninger family to the New World and Oceana
In such difficult times, Ireland
, and North America looked like better homes for many Scots. The trips were expensive and grueling, but also rewarding, as the colonies were havens for those unwelcome in the old country. That legacy did not die easily, though, and many were forced to fight for their freedom in the American War of Independence
. The Scottish legacy has resurface in more recent times, though, through Clan
societies, highland games, and other organizations. Immigration and passenger lists have shown many early immigrants bearing the old Scottish name of Cloninger:
Cloninger Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Philip Cloninger, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1765 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
Cloninger Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Ellis Cloninger, aged 20, who arrived in America, in 1920
- Ralph A. Cloninger, aged 21, who arrived in America, in 1920
- Marvine E. Cloninger, aged 21, who arrived in America, in 1921
- Martin Cloninger, aged 22, who arrived in America, in 1922
Contemporary Notables of the name Cloninger (post 1700)
- Tony Lee Cloninger (b. 1940), American former Major League Baseball starting pitcher who played from 1961 to 1972
- Claude Robert Cloninger M.D. (b. 1944), American psychiatrist and geneticist, known for his book Feeling Good: The Science of Well-Being (2004)