Clotworthy History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The lineage of the name Clotworthy 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. [1]

Early Origins of the Clotworthy family

The surname Clotworthy 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. [2]

By 1243, the place name had evolved to Clatewurthy and the place name literally means "enclosure where burdock grows." [3] Clatworthy Camp is an Iron Age hill fort 3 miles (4.8 km) North West of Wiveliscombe in Somerset.

Early History of the Clotworthy family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Clotworthy 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 Clotworthy History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Clotworthy 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 Clotworthy has undergone many spelling variations, including Clatworthy, Cloteworthy, Clotworthy, Clatworth and others.

Early Notables of the Clotworthy 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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Ireland Migration of the Clotworthy family to Ireland

Some of the Clotworthy family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Clotworthy migration to the United States +

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 Clotworthy were among those contributors:

Clotworthy Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John B Clotworthy, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1866 [4]

Australia Clotworthy migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Clotworthy Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

New Zealand Clotworthy migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Clotworthy Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mathias Clotworthy, aged 22, a carpenter, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bebington" in 1872
  • Margaret Clotworthy, aged 20, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bebington" in 1872

Contemporary Notables of the name Clotworthy (post 1700) +

  • William G. Clotworthy (1926-2021), American television censor and author; he was the censor of Saturday Night Live from 1979 to 1991
  • Robert "Bob" Lynn Clotworthy (b. 1931), American gold, silver and two-time bronze medalist diver, active in the 1950s
  • Robert Clotworthy (b. 1955), American voice actor, best known as the narrator for History Channel's show Ancient Aliens
  • Clotworthy Skeffington (1743-1805), 2nd Earl of Massereene, 6th Viscount Massereene, British peer
  • Clotworthy Skeffington (1715-1757), 1st Earl of Massereene, 5th Viscount Massereene, British peer
  • Clotworthy Rowley (1763-1825), British who was created 1st Baron Langford in 1800


  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  3. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  4. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  5. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 5th November 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/bussorah-merchant


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