Close History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The Close name has descended through the generations from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. Their name comes from having lived as inhabitants by the enclosed place. Another origin may be derived from the Old English word close, that referred to worker in the farm-yard.

Early Origins of the Close family

The surname Close was first found in Lancashire where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Important Dates for the Close family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Close research. Another 117 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1st , 1452, 1450, 1452, 1452 and 1453 are included under the topic Early Close History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Close Spelling Variations

Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Close has undergone many spelling variations, including Close, Cloase, Cloise, Clowse, Clovse, Cloace, Cloce, Cloose and many more.

Early Notables of the Close family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Close family to Ireland

Some of the Close family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Close migration to the United States

To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Close were among those contributors:

Close Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Phettiplace Close, who settled in Virginia in 1608, twelve years before the "Mayflower"
  • Phettiplace Close, who arrived in Virginia in 1608 [1]
  • Daniel Close, who settled in Jamaica in 1670
  • John Close, who settled in Virginia in 1670
Close Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Henry Close, his wife Hannah, and daughter Ann, settled in Georgia in 1732
  • Henry Close, who arrived in Savanna(h), Georgia in 1733 [1]
Close Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Jacob Close, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County Pennsylvania in 1830 [1]
  • Langford P H Close, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1844 [1]
  • S Close, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850 [1]
  • James A Close, who landed in St Clair County, Illinois in 1878 [1]
  • Edward, Jacob, James, John, Robert, Thomas, Close, who settled in Pennsylvania between 1839 and 1880

Close migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Close Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. David Close U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1783 [2]

Close migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Close Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Eliza Close, aged 27, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Mary Green" [3]

Close migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Close Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Stephen Close, aged 34, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Mary Ann" in 1842
  • Mary Close, aged 25, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Mary Ann" in 1842
  • Eliza Close, aged 8, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Mary Ann" in 1842
  • Elizabeth Close, aged 7, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Mary Ann" in 1842
  • Albion Close, aged 2, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Mary Ann" in 1842
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Close (post 1700)

  • Eric Close (b. 1967), American film and television actor from Staten Island, New York
  • Del P. Close (1934-1999), American actor, writer, and teacher who coached many of the best-known comedians and comic actors of the late twentieth century
  • Charles Thomas "Chuck" Close (b. 1940), American painter and photographer, recipient of the National Medal of Arts from President Clinton in 2000
  • Frederick Close, American Company Director
  • Glenn Close (b. 1947), American Academy Award-nominated film and stage actress
  • Edwin T. Close, American politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Greenwich, 1839 [4]
  • Charles F. Close, American Republican politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Dutchess County 2nd District, 1931-33 [4]
  • Carl B. Close, American politician, Mayor of Alexandria, Louisiana, 1950-53 [4]
  • Betsy L. Close (b. 1950), American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Oregon, 2004 [4]
  • Benjamin M. Close, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Cayuga County 1st District, 1864-65 [4]
  • ... (Another 25 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Close family

HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. H Close, British Stoker 2nd Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [5]

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Citations

  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  3. ^ South Australian Register Monday 20 June 1853. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) MARY GREEN 1853. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/marygreen1853.shtml.
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 15) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  5. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
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