The Clasper One-Name Study in England
The surname "Clasper" appears to
have originated in the Northumberland area. The earliest
Claspers appear in the 14th Century around Ponteland and
Whickham on either side of the Tyne. Consequently, much of the
data about this surname originates in the Northumbria Region.
However, the name spread during the late 18th and 19th
Centuries, and the data I have gathered reflects this
There was migration to the English Midlands with accent on the
glassware trade. There remain a number of sources to be examined,
but the story to date is very much concerned with the
Northumberland and Durham area.
A small group was found in North Lincolnshire, but
these had disappeared by 1837 and 50% of Claspers still live
in the North-East.
For migration to Scotland, see
Clasper Families in
For the spread of Clasper Births in Britain between 1837
and 1967 we have the "Clasper
Looking at the map above, shows the extent of Clasper births but
does not show the true spead. As an example of the Clasper events
at a set period in time see the 1881 census map.
See the spread of Claspers in Britain during the 1881
Census in the "Clasper 1881 Census
Even in England famous Claspers are few, but
Harry Clasper, was a famous sportsman in his day.
Between the years 1840 and his death in 1870, Harry was known
throughout the country, as would be a famous sports person of
See more about Harry Clasper in "Harry Clasper-Hero of the
Major sources for our work in England
- Full extraction from St. Catherine's House
(Now the FHC) of Births, Marriages and Deaths from 1837 to
- Full extract from the I.G.I. for all
in the UK
- Full extract from all the published 1881
Census Surname Indexes.
- Full index from PCC Wills & Admons and
Somerset House Wills, 1853 to 1965, with many extractions
- Coverage of many published 1851 Census
- Coverage of a large number of Parish
Registers, particularly in
- Many Family Trees and correspondence
Please e-mail Rod Clayburn for further details on
Clasper family information