This English surname of CLAPSON was a nickname for a large and ungainly person. The name was originally derived from the Old English word CLOP (lump). The name was brought into England during the wake of the Norman Invasion of 1066. It was originally an early Danish surname Osgood. CLAPA was a Danish noble at the court of Canute, and it was from him it is supposed that Clapham, County Surrey (where he had a country house) derives its name. Surnames having a derivation from nicknames form the broadest and most miscellaneous class of surnames, encompassing many different types of origin. The most typical classes refer adjectivally to the general physical aspect of the person concerned, or to his character. Many nicknames refer to a man's size or height, while others make reference to a favoured article of clothing or style of dress. Many surnames derived from the names of animals and birds. In the Middle Ages ideas were held about the characters of other living creatures, based on observation, and these associations were reflected and reinforced by large bodies of folk tales featuring animals behaving as humans. The name is also spelt CLAPP, CLAPPE, CLOP and CLAPPISON. The surname CLAPPE is found in Devon in the Subsidy Roll for 1332, with three occurrences. Early records of the name mention Agnes CLAPPE, who was recorded in County Oxford in 1273, and Thomas CLOBBE was documented in Cambridge in the same year. Surnames as we know them today were first assumed in Europe from the 11th to the 15th Century. The employment in the use of a second name was a custom that was first introduced from the Normans. They themselves had not long before adopted them. It became, in course of time, a mark of gentler blood, and it was deemed a disgrace for gentlemen to have but one single name, as the meaner sort had. At first the coat of arms was a practical matter which served a function on the battlefield and in tournaments. With his helmet covering his face, and armour encasing the knight from head to foot, the only means of identification for his followers, was the insignia painted on his shield and embroidered on his surcoat, the flowing and draped garment worn over the armour.
Later instances of the name include William Danes and Ruth CLAPP who were married at St. George's, Hanover Square, London in 1805.
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