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The distinguished surname Clutter emerged among the industrious people of Flanders, which was an important trading partner and political ally of Britain during the Middle Ages. As a result of the frequent commercial intercourse between the Flemish and English nations, many Flemish migrants settled in Britain. In early times, people were known by only a single name. However, as the population grew and people traveled further afield, it became increasingly necessary to assume an additional name to differentiate between bearers of the same personal name. The manner in which hereditary surnames arose is interesting. Local surnames are derived from where the original bearer lived, was born, or held land. Flemish surnames of this type frequently are prefixed by de la or de le, which mean of the or from the. The Clutter family originally lived in a place called Cloerterbooke or Cloerterbook in Flanders, which has since been lost to the map.

Clutter Early Origins



The surname Clutter was first found in Gloucestershire where they held a family seat from early times, approximately the 1400's and granted land there.

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Clutter Spelling Variations


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Clutter Spelling Variations



Flemish surnames are characterized by a large number of spelling variations. One reason for this is that medieval English lacked definite spelling rules. The spellings of surnames were also influenced by the official court languages, which were French and Latin. Names were rarely spelled consistently in medieval times. Scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to specific spelling rules, and people often had their names registered in several different forms throughout their lives. One of the greatest reasons for change is the linguistic uniqueness of the Flemish settlers in England, who spoke a language closely related to Dutch. The pronunciation and spelling of Flemish names were often altered to suit the tastes of English-speaking people. In many cases, the first, final, or middle syllables of surnames were eliminated. The name has been spelled Clutterbuck, Clitterbuck, Clutterbook and many more.

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Clutter Early History


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Clutter Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Clutter research. Another 180 words (13 lines of text) covering the year 1924 is included under the topic Early Clutter History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Clutter Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Clutter Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Clutter 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



The records on immigrants and ships' passengers show a number of people bearing the name Clutter:

Clutter Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Christopher Clutter, aged 36, who emigrated to America, in 1910
  • Cristopher W. Clutter, aged 38, who landed in America, in 1912
  • John W. Clutter, aged 23, who emigrated to the United States, in 1915
  • Bradford F. Clutter, aged 38, who landed in America from Hoboken, in 1918

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Contemporary Notables of the name Clutter (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Clutter (post 1700)



  • George W. Clutter, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at Wheeling, Virginia, 1849

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Clutter Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    2. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    3. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    4. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    5. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    6. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    7. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
    8. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
    9. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    10. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
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    The Clutter Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Clutter 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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