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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.

Close Early Origins



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

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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.

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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Close research. Another 233 words (17 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.

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Another 28 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Close Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Close In 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.

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The Great Migration



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 settled in Virginia in 1608, twelve years before the "Mayflower"
  • Phettiplace Close, who arrived in Virginia in 1608
  • Daniel Close settled in Jamaica in 1670
  • John Close 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

Close Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Jacob Close, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County Pennsylvania in 1830
  • Langford P H Close, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1844
  • S Close, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • James A Close, who landed in St Clair County, Illinois in 1878
  • Edward, Jacob, James, John, Robert, Thomas, Close settled in Pennsylvania between 1839 and 1880

Close Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. David Close U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1783 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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

Close Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Eliza Close, aged 27, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Mary Green"

Close Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

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

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Contemporary Notables of the name Close (post 1700)


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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
  • Edwin T. Close, American politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Greenwich, 1839
  • Charles F. Close, American Republican politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Dutchess County 2nd District, 1931-33
  • Carl B. Close, American politician, Mayor of Alexandria, Louisiana, 1950-53
  • Betsy L. Close (b. 1950), American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Oregon, 2004
  • Benjamin M. Close, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Cayuga County 1st District, 1864-65
  • Albert S. Close, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Ohio, 1960
  • Elliot Springs Close (b. 1953), American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Senator from South Carolina, 1996
  • ... (Another 25 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. H Close, British Stoker 2nd Class, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

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Suggested Readings for the name Close


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Suggested Readings for the name Close



  • The Closes, 1700-1982, from Ohio-Kansas by Bernice Close Shackelton.
  • John Clowes, Jr., 1730-1790 (including the Close Family Genealogy) by Hazel Brittingham.

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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Fortis et fidelis
Motto Translation: Brave and faithful.


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Citations


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  1. ^ 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

Other References

  1. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  2. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  3. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  4. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  5. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  6. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  7. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  9. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  10. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
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The Close Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Close Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 15 January 2016 at 14:11.

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