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In the Middle Ages, the first family to use the Clouston surname took the name from a place name with Viking roots. 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.


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

In the Middle Ages, no real standards were established to judge the accuracy of spelling and translation. They were done mostly by ear and intuition, and enormous numbers of spelling variations were the unsurprising result. Clouston has appeared as Clouston, Clouson, Clowston, Clowstoun, Clowstoune, Cloustown, Cloustowne, Clousone, Clauston, Claustoun, Claustown and many more.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Clouston research. Another 252 words (18 lines of text) covering the year 1607 is included under the topic Early Clouston History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


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


North America was far from Britain's oppressive monarchy. There, the Scottish found land and freedom, and many even the opportunity to pay back England in the American War of Independence. This brave heritage survives today largely in Clan societies and other patriotic Scottish organizations. Research into passenger and immigration lists has brought forth evidence of the early members of the Clouston family in North America: H. S. Clouson settled in San Francisco in the 1800's.


  • Joseph Storer Clouston (1870-1944), Scottish author and historian
  • J Storer Clouston, antiquarian, historian, and novelist
  • Air Commodore Arthur Edmond Clouston, Royal Air Force
  • Ross Neal Clouston, past president of General Mills Inc
  • Brian Clouston, British landscape architect, and founder of Brian Clouston and Partners
  • Alwyn "Uncle Al" Clouston (1910-2004), Canadian (Newfoundland) storyteller and humorist

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    Other References

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    3. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and David Hicks. The Highland Clans The Dynastic Origins, Cheifs and Background of the Clans. New York: C.N. Potter, 1968. Print.
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    9. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Scotch Irish Pioneers In Ulster and America. Montana: Kessinger Publishing. Print.
    10. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
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    The Clouston Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Clouston 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.

    This page was last modified on 27 October 2010 at 13:27.

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