Clutton is a name of ancient Norman origin. It arrived in England
with the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Clutton family lived in Cheshire
where they were Lords of the Manor of Clutton.
Early Origins of the Clutton family
The surname Clutton 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 Clutton family
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Clutton Spelling Variations
Endless spelling variations
are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Clutton, Clotton, Clutten, Cluttone and others.
Early Notables of the Clutton family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Clutton family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the political and religious persecution within England
at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Clutton or a variant listed above:
Clutton Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- John Clutton who arrived in Jamaica in 1685
Contemporary Notables of the name Clutton (post 1700)
- Henry Hugh Clutton (1850-1909), London surgeon who coined the phrase "Clutton's joints"