Cloteword History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The origins of the Cloteword name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It comes from when the family lived in Clatworthy, a parish, in the union of Williton, hundred of Williton and Freemanners in Somerset. 
Early Origins of the Cloteword family
The surname Cloteword 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. 
By 1243, the place name had evolved to Clatewurthy and the place name literally means "enclosure where burdock grows."  Clatworthy Camp is an Iron Age hill fort 3 miles (4.8 km) North West of Wiveliscombe in Somerset.
Early History of the Cloteword family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cloteword research. Another 51 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1327, 1680, 1683, 1617, 1630, 1665, 1634, 1640, 1646 and 1626 are included under the topic Early Cloteword History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Cloteword Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Cloteword were recorded, including Clatworthy, Cloteworthy, Clotworthy, Clatworth and others.
Early Notables of the Cloteword 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. They were descended from the Devonshire family of that name. Sir John
was one of the largest landowners in the county of Antrim (Aphorismical Discovery, i. 335), and appears as the representative of those who held under the charter of...
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Migration of the Cloteword family to Ireland
Some of the Cloteword family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Cloteword family
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Cloteword family emigrate to North America: Matthew Clatworthy, who sailed to Virginia in 1635 and Roger Clatworth sailed to Virginia in 1654.
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- ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
- ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
- ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)