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The name Cluff was brought to England in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Cluff family lived in Lancashire, where they were found since the early Middle Ages.

Cluff Early Origins



The surname Cluff was first found in Denbighshire, where the most prominent branch of the family held a family seat from the 13th century. The original bearers of the name were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.

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Cluff Spelling Variations


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Cluff Spelling Variations



Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Clough, Cluf, Cluffe, Cluff, Cloughe, Clow, De Clue and many more.

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Cluff Early History


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Cluff Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cluff research. Another 259 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1270, 1570, and 1730 are included under the topic Early Cluff History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Cluff Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Cluff Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlanti c. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Cluff or a variant listed above:

Cluff Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Hannah Cluff, who came to Maryland in 1626

Cluff Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Jonathan Cluff, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750

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Contemporary Notables of the name Cluff (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Cluff (post 1700)



  • William Wallace Cluff (1832-1915), American Latter-day Saint missionary and leader
  • harvey H. Cluff (1836-1916), American business, civic and educational leader in late-19th-century Provo, Utah
  • Benjamin Cluff (1858-1948), American first President of Brigham Young University
  • William E. Cluff, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Ohio, 1924
  • William Cluff, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 1896
  • John K. Cluff, American politician, Mayor of Tooele, Utah, 1982-83
  • Harvey H. Cluff (b. 1872), American Republican politician, District Attorney, 8th District, 1908-12; Chair of Utah County Republican Party, 1917-20; Utah State Attorney General, 1921-29
  • Florence Amy "Flo" Cluff (1902-1990), Australian trade unionist, communist and pensioner activist

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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: Sine macula
Motto Translation: Without spot.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    2. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
    3. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    4. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    5. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    6. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    7. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
    8. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    9. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    10. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
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    The Cluff Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Cluff 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 15 January 2016 at 14:19.

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