Of all the Anglo-Saxon
names to come from Britain, Clotewithey is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived in Clatworthy in Somerset
. The surname Clotewithey originally derived from the surname Clatworthy.
Early Origins of the Clotewithey family
The surname Clotewithey was first found in Somerset
, at Clatworthy, a village and civil parish in the West Somerset
District which dates back to the Domesday Book
of 1086 when it was first listed as Clateurde. CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
By 1243, the place name had evolved to Clatewurthy and the place name literally means "enclosure where burdock grows." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Clatworthy Camp is an Iron Age hill fort 3 miles (4.8 km) North West of Wiveliscombe in Somerset.
Early History of the Clotewithey family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Clotewithey research.Another 172 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1327, 1680, 1683, 1617, 1630, 1665, 1634, 1640, 1646 and 1626 are included under the topic Early Clotewithey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Clotewithey Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Clotewithey has been spelled many different ways, including Clatworthy, Cloteworthy, Clotworthy, Clatworth and others.
Early Notables of the Clotewithey family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: John Cloteworthy, a prominent 14th century landholder in Somerset; Sir Hugh Clotworthy (died 1630), High Sheriff
of Antrim; and his son, John Clotworthy, 1st Viscount Massereene (died 1665), an Anglo-Irish politician. He was elected to the Irish House of Commons for County Antrim... Another 58 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Clotewithey Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Clotewithey family to Ireland
Some of the Clotewithey family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 77 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Clotewithey family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Clotewitheys to arrive in North America: Matthew Clatworthy, who sailed to Virginia in 1635 and Roger Clatworth sailed to Virginia in 1654.