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Early Origins of the Clovis family

The surname Clovis was first found in Berkshire, where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book, [1] indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant of the lands of Clovile and Essex who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086.

Early History of the Clovis family

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Clovis Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Clovile, Clovell, Clovyle, Clonvyle and others.

Early Notables of the Clovis family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Clovis family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: the name represented in many forms and recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands..

Contemporary Notables of the name Clovis (post 1700) +

  • H. E. Clovis, American Republican politician, Chair of Wood County Republican Party, 1942; Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from West Virginia, 1952 [2]
  • Lieutenant-General Clovis Ethelbert Byers (1899-1973), American Commandant of NATO Defense College Paris (1955-1957) [3]

  1. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 15) . Retrieved from
  3. Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, November 3) Clovis Byers. Retrieved from on Facebook