Cloteworthay History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The lineage of the name Cloteworthay begins with the Anglo-Saxon tribes in Britain. It is a result of when they lived in Clatworthy, a parish, in the union of Williton, hundred of Williton and Freemanners in Somerset. 
Early Origins of the Cloteworthay family
The surname Cloteworthay 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 Cloteworthay family
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Cloteworthay 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 Cloteworthay has undergone many spelling variations, including Clatworthy, Cloteworthy, Clotworthy, Clatworth and others.
Early Notables of the Cloteworthay 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 Cloteworthay family to Ireland
Some of the Cloteworthay family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Cloteworthay family
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 Cloteworthay were among those contributors: Matthew Clatworthy, who sailed to Virginia in 1635 and Roger Clatworth sailed to Virginia in 1654.
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- ^ 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)