Show ContentsClulee History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The history of the Clulee family goes back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It is derived from the family living in the locality of Clulow, "in the township of Wincle, parish of Prestbury, Cheshire. From Clulow Cross there is said to be a fine view over parts of Staffordshire and Cheshire. " [1]

Early Origins of the Clulee family

The surname Clulee was first found in Cheshire, where early records of the family are indeed rare. Prestbury Church in Cheshire listed Ralph Hordeme and Anne Cluley marrying in 1615 and the same source notes that Robert Millington and Ellen Cluley were married in 1617. [1]

Early History of the Clulee family

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Clulee Spelling Variations

Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Clulee include Clulow, Clewly, Clewlow, Clulye, Clulee, Clewely, Cluley and many more.

Early Notables of the Clulee family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Clulee family

Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled 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 ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Clulee or a variant listed above: Elizabeth Clewly who arrived in Boston in 1768 and Joseph Clewley in America in 1774.

  1. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6) on Facebook