Clouson History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The noble Viking settlers who came to the rocky shores of Scotland in the Middle Ages brought with them the ancestors of the Clouson family. They lived in the place named Clouston, a village in Stenness, Orkney. The origins of the place-name are in the Old Norse name Klostathr. which came to Scotland in the 9th century in the waves of pillage, invasion and colonization by the Norwegian Vikings.

Early Origins of the Clouson family

The surname Clouson was first found in the Orkneys, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, as recorded in the Norse Sagas.

Important Dates for the Clouson family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Clouson research. Another 62 words (4 lines of text) covering the year 1607 is included under the topic Early Clouson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Clouson Spelling Variations

Scottish names from the Middle Ages vary enormously in their spellings. This is a result of the fact that there were no universal standards like dictionaries for scribes to judge by. The recorded spelling variations of the name Clouson include Clouston, Clouson, Clowston, Clowstoun, Clowstoune, Cloustown, Cloustowne, Clousone, Clauston, Claustoun, Claustown and many more.

Early Notables of the Clouson family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Clouson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Clouson migration to the United States

Settlers found farms all along the eastern part of what would become the United States and Canada. They provided a base and a backbone that would strengthen two great nations in the making. In the 20th century, the ancestors of those brave Scots have rediscovered their heritage through highland games and Scottish historical societies. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the Scottish name Clouson or a variant listed above, including:

Clouson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • H. S. Clouson, who settled in San Francisco in the 1800's

Contemporary Notables of the name Clouson (post 1700)

  • Jane Maria Clouson (1854-1871), English servant girl who was brutally murdered in Eltham, but given a memorial at Brockley and Ladywell Cemeteries; her ghost has allegedly been seen in Kidbrook Lane, including several reported sightings by patrolling policemen

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