Origins Available: English
The name Clouter came to England
with the ancestors of the Clouter family in the Norman Conquest
in 1066. The surname Clouter is for a person employed making or selling nails, particularly those used for horse shoes. The surname is derived from the Old French word clou,
which in turn derives from the Latin word clavus,
which both mean nail.
Early Origins of the Clouter family
The surname Clouter was first found in Normandy
where they held a family seat.
Early History of the Clouter family
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Clouter Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. When the Normans
became the ruling people of England
in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Cloutier, Clouthier, Clouther, Clothier, Clouter, Cluthier, Cloethier, Cloetier and many more.
Early Notables of the Clouter family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Clouter family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England
. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Clouter or a variant listed above were:
Clouter Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Zacharia Clouter, who sailed to Barbados in 1663
Clouter Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
- Zacharia Clouter, who arrived in Barbados in 1663 and may have been from the north, perhaps the maritimes or Quebec