Clatterbuck Family Crest / Clatterbuck Coat of Arms
The surname CLATTERBUCK is an ancient family that settled in England from the Low Countries. The name was originally brought into England in the wake of the Norman Conquest of 1066, and CLUTERBOC (without surname) appears to be the first of the name recorded in England in 1086, County Gloucestershire. Many of the early names recorded in medieval documents denote noble families but many also indicate migration from the continent during, and in the wake of, the Norman invasion of 1066. There was a constant stream of merchants, workmen and others arriving in England during this time. In 1086 the Record of Great Inquisition of lands of England, their extent, value, ownership and liabilities was made by order of William The Conqueror. It is known as the Domesday Book. In 1568 Thomas Cloerterbooke was sheriff of Gloucestershire. Other records of the name mention Thomas Clutterbook and Johanna Allen were married in London in 1585. Joseph Clutterbuck married Ann Gulliford at St. Mary, Aldermary, London in 1654.
During the Middle Ages, when people were unable to read or write, signs were needed for all visual identification. For several centuries city streets in Britain were filled with signs of all kinds, public houses, tradesmen and even private householders found them necessary. This was an age when there were no numbered houses, and an address was a descriptive phrase that made use of a convenient landmark. At this time, coats of arms came into being, for the practical reason that men went into battle heavily armed and were difficult to recognise. It became the custom for them to adorn their helmets with distinctive crests, and to paint their shields with animals and the like. Coats of arms accompanied the development of surnames, becoming hereditary in the same way.
The associated arms are recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory.Ulster King of Arms in 1884.
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