Last name: Clutterbuck

This interesting and rare surname, found widely recorded in Gloucestershire, is the Anglicized form of a Dutch name which may have arrived in England at two periods in English history. Firstly, it may have arrived in Gloucestershire when Edward 111 brought Flemish weavers over to teach their craft to the English, with many settling in the Cotswolds. More likely however, the name followed later from Holland due to the religious persecution of French Huguenots, by the Duke of Alba who suppressed the Protestant revolt in the Netherlands (1567 - 1572), and who fled to nearby countries. The Clutterbucks were prominent in Gloucestershire life for many generations. The name first appears in records in the mid 16th Century (see below). A member of the family was mayor of Bristol in 1739. Henry Clutterbuck (1767 - 1856), studied medicine at Edinburgh 1802, and Glasgow 1804, and became a leading physician in London. Robert Clutterbuck (1772 - 1831), was a topographer who was educated at Oxford in 1794. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of one Clutterbuck, which was dated 1545, who was mayor of Gloucestershire, during the reign of King Henry V111, known as "Bluff King Hal", 1509 - 1547. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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Nigel Palmer
My Great Great Grandmother was Rosina Palmer (nee Heaven) Daughter of John N Heaven Timber Merchant of Redcliffe Hill in the City of Bristol his father was Dennis Heaven, who was born Kings Stanley, son of Richard Heaven his wife was Elizabeth Clutterbuck I am doing my family tree and and have so traced my connection to Nathaniel Clutterbuck I am having problems working who his Parents were I keep getting different names Nathaniel wife was a de Clifford can you help

Judy Booth (nee Matthews)
My grandmother was Maggie Clutterbuck, Married to Frederick Matthews, saddler and harness maker of Redcliffe Street, Bristol. Any links gratefully received.

Clutterbuck made some windows of St James's church Morpeth Northumberland

Jan Frobisher(nee Clutterbuck)
Searching for my late father,Tom Lionel's(known as Lionel)family in Gloucester~remember Colin,who may be in his late 60's,early 70's now,and his auntie and uncle who died within a few weeks of each other

André Wilhelm Laubser
Hi guys. I received a sword that was used in 1901-1902. Ingraved on the sword is the name ltd. clutterdbuck and the date. He worked with the british army. Well that is what it staated on the sword. If you guys would like toe see the pics. My email adr is

My maternal grandfather's a Clutterbuck and he came from a really large family on his grandfather's side, they were all born in England and a lot of them moved to London. But my grandad moved to and lived in Wales.

I had a friend in Primary school, as it happens in Cheltenham in Gloucestershire, as that's we're I am originally from. And her surname was Clutterbuck, but I've also wondered what it meant. It's interesting though learning the origins and meanings of surnames.

And I knew that Andrew Lincoln's name was Clutterbuck, it actually made me think of my friend though.

Wonder what the original Dutch version of the name was then....

Ronald adrain
Looking for a George cluttering who was in R A F in1962


john davies
my grandmother, missing, had my mother,abergavenny mon.1915. then disappeared. Florence may clutterbuck [nee]. any ideas ?.

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