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Where did the English Clouse family come from? What is the English Clouse family crest and coat of arms? When did the Clouse family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Clouse family history?

The Anglo-Saxon name Clouse comes from the family having resided as inhabitants by the enclosed place. Another origin may be derived from the Old English word close, that referred to worker in the farm-yard.


Clouse has been spelled many different ways, including Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Close, Cloase, Cloise, Clowse, Clovse, Cloace, Cloce, Cloose and many more.

First found in Lancashire where they held a family seat from ancient times.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Clouse research. Another 233 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1st , 1452, 1450, 1452, 1452 and 1453 are included under the topic Early Clouse History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 41 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Clouse Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Clouse family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Clouses to arrive on North American shores:

Clouse Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • George Clouse, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1854

Clouse Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Frank Clouse, aged 23, who emigrated to the United States, in 1906


  • Wynne F. Clouse (1883-1944), American politician, U.S. Representative from Tennessee
  • Michael J. Clouse III, American record producer and songwriter
  • Robert Clouse (1928-1997), American film director and producer, best known for his work Enter the Dragon
  • Wynne F. Clouse (1883-1944), American Republican politician, U.S. Representative from Tennessee 4th District, 1921-23; Defeated, 1922
  • C. E. Clouse, American politician, Socialist Labor Candidate for U.S. Representative from Illinois at-large, 1924
  • Bill Clouse, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Kentucky State Senate 22nd District, 1990


The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Fortis et fidelis
Motto Translation: Brave and faithful.


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The Clouse Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Clouse Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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