The origins of the Clowse name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. It comes from when the family lived 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.
Early Origins of the Clowse family
The surname Clowse was first found in Lancashire
where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Clowse family
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Clowse Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon
surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Clowse were recorded, including Close, Cloase, Cloise, Clowse, Clovse, Cloace, Cloce, Cloose and many more.
Early Notables of the Clowse family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Clowse family to Ireland
Some of the Clowse 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
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Migration of the Clowse family to the New World and Oceana
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Clowse family emigrate to North America: Phettiplace Close settled in Virginia in 1608; twelve years before the "Mayflower"; Daniel Close settled in Jamaica in 1670; John Close settled in Virginia in 1670.
The Clowse Motto
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.