Clotwith is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon
origin and comes from the family once having lived in Clatworthy in Somerset
. The surname Clotwith originally derived from the surname Clatworthy.
Early Origins of the Clotwith family
The surname Clotwith 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 Clotwith family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Clotwith 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 Clotwith History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Clotwith Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Clotwith family name include Clatworthy, Cloteworthy, Clotworthy, Clatworth and others.
Early Notables of the Clotwith 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 Clotwith Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Clotwith family to Ireland
Some of the Clotwith 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 Clotwith family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Clotwith surname or a spelling variation of the name include: Matthew Clatworthy, who sailed to Virginia in 1635 and Roger Clatworth sailed to Virginia in 1654.