Kleeman History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Kleeman is one of the names that was brought to England in the wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Kleeman family lived in Lincolnshire, where they held a family seat at Claye.

Early Origins of the Kleeman family

The surname Kleeman was first found in Lincolnshire where the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 list William del Cley and Robert del Clay as holding lands there at that time. The same rolls also listed Alicia in le Clay, Huntingdonshire. [1]

Later, in Yorkshire, the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 included: Agnes del Clay; Johannes del Clay; and Adam del Clay, Howdenshire. [1]

"Clay has long been a Notts surname. It was represented in the parish of Hayton in the time of Henry VII. Hercules Clay was a mayor of Newark in the reign of Charles I. (S.), and Clay is still a Newark name. The Clays of Southwell during last century carried their pedigree back 200 years, and their name is yet in the town. Six centuries ago Clay was a common name in the east of England, especially in Essex, Lincolnshire, Hunts, Cambridgeshire, and Beds. It is still well established in Lincolnshire, as well as in Notts and Derbyshire." [2]

Early History of the Kleeman family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kleeman research. Another 78 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1457 and 1537 are included under the topic Early Kleeman History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Kleeman Spelling Variations

Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Kleeman family name include Clay, Claye, Cley, Cleye, McClay and others.

Early Notables of the Kleeman family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Kleeman family to Ireland

Some of the Kleeman family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Kleeman migration to the United States +

To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Kleeman family to immigrate North America:

Kleeman Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Agnes Kleeman, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1743 [3]
Kleeman Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Kleeman, who arrived in Kansas in 1879 [3]
  • Peter Kleeman, aged 49, who immigrated to America, in 1896
Kleeman Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Lambertus Kleeman, who landed in Arkansas in 1904 [3]
  • Bertus Kleeman, who landed in Arkansas in 1904 [3]
  • B. F. Kleeman, aged 37, who landed in America, in 1905
  • Emma Kleeman, aged 24, who landed in America, in 1907
  • Henirich Kleeman, aged 32, who immigrated to the United States from Gera, Germany, in 1907
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Kleeman (post 1700) +

  • Otto Karl Kleeman (b. 1855), German-born, American architect
  • William Kleeman, American politician, Mayor of Clarksville, Tennessee, 1953, 1955-56 [4]
  • E. B. Kleeman, American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 1960 [4]

The Kleeman Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Per orbem
Motto Translation: Through the world.

  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)
  2. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  3. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 19) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html

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