The history of the Clutten family name begins after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. They lived in Cheshire
where they were Lords of the Manor of Clutton.
Early Origins of the Clutten family
The surname Clutten was first found in Cheshire
at Clotton, or Clotton Hoofield, a township, in the parish of Tarvin, union of Great Boughton that dates back to the Domesday Book
where it was listed as Clotone. Hence, the surname is conjecturally descended from William FitzNigel, a Norman Baron
who held Clutton in 1086. The main stem of the family later branched to Nantwich, and thence to Chorlton, near Malpas. Literally the place name means "farmstead at a dell or deep valley," from the Old English words "cloh" + "tun." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Today it includes the settlements of Clotton, Clotton Common and Hoofield.
Early History of the Clutten family
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Clutten Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. When the Normans
became the ruling people of England
in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Clutton, Clotton, Clutten, Cluttone and others.
Early Notables of the Clutten family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Clutten family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England
. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Clutten or a variant listed above were: John Clutton who arrived in Jamaica in 1685.