Cluse is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon
origin and comes from the family once having lived in Cheshire
in an area that was described by the Old English word as cloh,
which means that the bearers of this surname lived near a ravine or hollow.
It also could be described as the place that was set back from the town or village.
Early Origins of the Cluse family
The surname Cluse was first found in Cheshire
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Cluse family
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Cluse Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Cluse family name include Clowes, Clowe, Clows and others.
Early Notables of the Cluse family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Cluse family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Cluse surname or a spelling variation of the name include: Elizabeth Clowes who settled in New England
in 1750; John Clowes settled in Philadelphia in 1834; Joseph Clowes settled in San Francisco in 1852; John Clows settled in Delaware Bay with his wife Marjorie and three children in 1683.