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Our 10th great-grandmother, Catherine Cloué, is the only person currently known of this family line.   Catherine was born circa 1604 in the village of Fouday, now located within French canton of Schirmeck located within the Bas-Rhin department in Alsace in north-eastern France.  Before 1637 she married Christian Nicholas Christman also a native of Fouday.  To this union at least five children were born between 1637 and 1648.   We are descended through their eldest son Christian Christman  born in 1637.  Catherine lived for eighty years until she passed away at Solbach a small town also located within the canton of Schirmeck.

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CATHERINE1 CLOUE1 was born about 1604 in Fouday, Molsheim, Bas-Rhin, France1. She died on 02 Mar 1684 in Solbach, Molsheim, Bas-Rhin, France1. She married Christian Nicholas Christman, son of Nicolas Christman and Dimanchette (Mongeatte) Christman (nee?) before 1637 in Molsheim, Bas-Rhin, France1, 2. He was born about 1608 in Fouday, Molsheim, Bas-Rhin, France1. He died about 1664 in Molsheim, Bas-Rhin, France3.


Christian Nicholas Christman and Catherine Cloue had the following children:


i.        CHRISTIAN2 CHRISTMAN4 was born on 14 May 1637 in Barr, Bas-Rhin, France4. He died on 12 Nov 1699 in Solbach, Molsheim, Bas-Rhin, France4. He married Marguerite Mougenat, daughter of Claude Mougenat and Marguerite Mougenat (nee?) on 01 Nov 1664 in Waldersbach, Molsheim, Bas-Rhin, France4. She was born on 03 Apr 1643 in Neuviller la Roche, Molsheim, Bas-Rhin, France4. She died on 09 Jul 1705 in Solbach, Molsheim, Bas-Rhin, France4.


ii.      NICOLAS CHRISTMAN1 was born about 1641 in Barr, Bas-Rhin, France1. He died on


9   Mar 1676 in Waldersbach, Molsheim, Bas-Rhin, France1. He married Jeanne Mareschal on 14 Jun 1670 in Waldersbach, Molsheim, Bas-Rhin, France1.


iii.     JEHANNON CHRISTMAN1 was born on 04 Jun 1643 in Barr, Bas-Rhin, France1.


iv.     CATHERINE CHRISTMAN1 was born about 1644 in Barr, Bas-Rhin, France1. She died on 14 Apr 1707 in Solbach, Molsheim, Bas-Rhin, France1.


v.      JEAN CHRISTMAN1 was born on 22 Nov 1648 in Barr, Bas-Rhin, France1. He died on

10Nov 1731 in Solbach, Molsheim, Bas-Rhin, France1. He married D. (Mougeatte) Caquelin on 11 Feb 1673 in Waldersbach, Molsheim, Bas-Rhin, France1.

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1  Christman, Charles and Neva, The Christmann Heritage (Name: 102 Lawrence 2075, LaRussell, Mo. 64848;), p. 13.


2  Siler, Frederick G., Footnote (Name: 889 Dante Court, Mantua, NJ 08051;), [Place of marriage was most likely near Solbach or Fouday in the present day arrondissement of Molsheim becaue both were born in Fouday and all of their children were born in Solbach.].].

3  Christman, Charles and Neva, The Christmann Heritage (Name: 102 Lawrence 2075, LaRussell, Mo. 64848;), p. 13. [Bas-Rhin is most likely place of death event, based upon where Christian and his children were born, as well as where his wife Catherine died in 1684.].

4  Christman, Charles and Neva, The Christmann Heritage (Name: 102 Lawrence 2075, LaRussell, Mo. 64848;), p. 10.

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     Classifying evidence as either primary or secondary does not tell anything about its accuracy or ultimate value.  This is especially true of secondary evidence.  Thus it is always a good idea to ask the following questions: (1) How far removed from the original is it, (when it is a copy)?; (2) What was the reason for the creation of the source which contains this evidence?; and (3) Who was responsible for creating this secondary evidence and what interest did they have in its accuracy?

SOURCE: Greenwood, Val D., The Researcher’s Guide to American Genealogy, 2nd edition, Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, MD 21202, 1990, pgs. 62-63

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       Tracing our own family’s paths of migration can prove crucial in identifying previous generations and eventually, figuring out where and how they arrived in the “New World” as well as where they eventually settled.  Knowing the network of trails American pioneers traveled can help you guess where to start looking.  The trail map(s) provided below may assist you in understanding the routes that our direct ancestors of this family may have taken to find new homes and opportunities in the vast area now encompassed by the United States.

      During the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries hundreds of thousands of Europeans made the perilous ocean voyage to America.  For many it was an escape from economic hardship and religious persecution.  For most it was an opportunity to start over, own their own land, and make a better future for their descendents.

Immigration records show a number of people bearing the name of CLOUÈ, or one of its variants, as arriving in North America between the 17th and 20th centuries.  Some of these immigrants were:  Louis Cloue, age 29, arrived at New Orleans, Louisiana from Le Havre, France in 1917;  Charles Cloue, age 62, came to New York, New York from Bremerhaven, Germany in 1923; in 1928 Raymond Cloue, age 29, arrived at New York, New York from Le Havre, France; and Antoine Clouet. Age 47,  New Orleans, Louisiana from Bordeaux, France in 1921.

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The information presented herein shows where the CLOUÉ surname is distributed within North America as well as in France the probable country of origin of this family.      Statistics show that there are approximately 2.96 persons per million of population with this surname, within France, and 0.01 persons per million of population within the United States.  The United Kingdom is found to be the country in the world where this surname is the second most highly clustered having approximately 0.02 persons per million of population.  The top region in the World where this surname is the most highly clustered is   the   Centre, France with  38.56 persons per million, and Gehee,



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     The practice of inherited family surnames began in England and France during the late part of the 11th century.   Surnames were first utilized in the Germanic region of central Europe during the second half of the 12th century.  The custom of taking on surnames began in the southern areas of Germany, and gradually spread northward during the Middle Ages.  It took about three hundred years for this tradition to apply to most families and become a constant part of one’s identity.        With the passing of generations and the movement of families from place to place many of the original identifying names were altered into some of the versions that we are familiar with today.  Over the centuries, most of our European ancestors accepted their surname as an unchangeable part of their lives.  Thus people rarely changed their surname.  Variations of most surnames were usually the result of an involuntary act such as when a government official wrote a name phonetically or made an error in transcription. 


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Research into the record of this CLOUÉ family line indicates that the variations, meanings and history of this surname are most likely linked to that area of Europe where French  linguistic traditions are commonly found. 


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Source(s) & Meaning(s) of the Surname

     As in other European countries French surnames developed from four major sources: (1) Occupational Surnames are also very common among French surnames, these last names are based on the person’s job or trade for instance Jean Tailleur i.e.  John the tailor. (2) Patronymic & Matronymic Surnames that are based on a parent’s name, these are the most common origins of French surnames. The greater part of French patronymic and matronymic surnames are derived directly from the parent's given name like Michel Adolphe, i.e. Micheal son of Adolf.   In some cases prefixes and suffixes are attached to a given name to create a patronymic surname such as Jacques de Edmé which means James the son of Edmond. (3) Geographical Surnames are those surnames based on a the place where person came from like Claude from the city of Lyon, becomes Claude Lyon.  This type of name may also describe the location where the person resides within a village or town such as Jacques Jardin lives near a garden.  (4) Descriptive Surnames are usually based upon a “nickname” (i.e., Moody, Wise, Armstrong); status (i.e. Freeman, Bond, Knight); and acquired ornamental names that were simply made up, for example Charles Leblanc come from Charles the white.

The Cloué is most likely a French surname.   Cloué means to be nailed down, fixed to the spot or rooted in one place.  Based upon the aforementioned meaning of this name Cloué could be classified as a descriptive surname.  The French word for nail is “clou” and “clouer” means to nail something down.  As such it is common to see a nail, spike, or the head of a spear (pike) as a charge in the arms of French persons with the name of Cloue and its variant spellings. 

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Coming from the Medieval French word 'surnom' translating as "above-or-over name," surnames or descriptive names trace their use back to 11th century France, when it first became necessary to add a second name to distinguish between individuals with the same given name. The custom of using surnames did not become common for several centuries, however.


      The French surname Cloué, and its variant spellings, have traveled widely in many forms throughout Europe.  Our Cloué lineage dates back to at least the 16th century at Bas-Rhin department in Alsace in north-eastern France

     The Cloux spelling variant was first found at Languedoc a former province of France.  This locale now continues in the modern-day régions of Languedoc-Roussillon and Midi-Pyrénées in the south of France, and whose capital city was Toulouse, now in Midi-Pyrénées.

     The Cloutier variant was first found in Normandy where they held a seigneurie in the Pas de Calais at Cléty, a village in the arrondisement of St. Omer where the family was a member of the of the Norman nobility.  First recorded records date back to the 12th century.  The Coat of Arms, for this family, are shown in the Armorial Bearings section of this webpage.

      The Cloué name does tend to be confused with the English versions.  In any case the name from both countries is often in the same spelling, which is perhaps not surprising as they share similar pre 7th century "Anglo-Saxon" roots.  Examples of this are the English surnames of  Clous, Clouse, and Clouser which are locational names for a 'dweller in the hollow or steep-sided valley'. The word comes from the Old English 'Cloh' meaning ravine.

     Notable persons who share this surname or close variant spellings are: François Clouet (c. 1510–1572) French Renaissance miniaturist and painter; Jean Clouet (1480-1541), French Renaissance miniaturist and painter, and father of François Clouet; Michel Clouet (1770–1836), Canadian businessman and political figure; and Zacharie Cloutier (c.1590-1677), one of the founders of Beauport, Quebec.

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Coming from the medieval French word 'surnom' translating as "above-or-over name," surnames or descriptive names trace their use back to 11th century France, when it first became necessary to add a second name to distinguish between individuals with the same given name. The custom of using surnames did not become common for several centuries, however.

Origins of French Last Names -  French surnames developed from four major sources:

Patronymic & Matronymic Surnames - Based on a parent’s name, this is the most common category of French last names. French language prefixes and suffixes are sometimes found attached to a given name to form a patronymic surname (Jean de Gaulle - John son of Gaulle). The majority of French patronymic and matronymic surnames have no identifying prefix, however, being direct derivations of the parent's given name (August Landry - August son of Landri).

Occupational Surnames - Also very common among French surnames, these last names are based on the person’s job or trade (Pierre Boulanger [baker] - Pierre the baker)

Descriptive Surnames - Based on a unique quality of the individual, these surnames often developed from nicknames or pet names (Jacques Legrand - Jacques the big)

Geographical Surnames - These surnames are based on a person’s residence, usually a former residence (Yvonne Marseille - Yvonne from the village of Marseille). They may also describe the individual's specific location within a village or town (Michel Léglise [church] lives next to the church).

Suffixes & Prefixes - While not in common use as in Italy or Sweden, some French surnames are formed by the addition of various prefixes and suffixes. A variety of French suffixes including -eau, -elet, -elin, -elle, and -elot, mean "little son of" and can be found attached to a given name to form a patronym. Prefixes of French surnames also have specific origins. The prefixes "de," "des," "du," and "le" each translate as "of" and may be found used in patronymic and geographical French surnames. Some French-Norman patronymic surnames will have the prefix "fritz," from the Old French for "son of" (Fitzgerald - son of Gerald).

Alias Surnames or Dit Names - In some areas of France, a second surname may have been adopted in order to distinguish between different branches of the same family, especially when the families remained in the same town for generations. These alias surnames can often be found preceded by the word "dit." Sometimes an individual even adopted the dit name as the family name, and dropped the original surname. This practice was most common in France among soldiers and sailors.

Germanic Origins of French Names - As so many French surnames are derived from first names, it is important to know that many common French first names have Germanic origins, coming into fashion during German invasions into France. Therefore, having a name with Germanic origins does not necessarily mean that you have German ancestors!

Official Name Changes in France - Beginning in 1474, anyone who wished to change his name was required to get permission from the King. These official name changes can be found indexed in: Jérôme, archiviste. Dictionnaire des changements de noms de 1803 à 1956 (Dictionary of changed names from 1803 to 1956). Paris: Librairie Française, 1974.

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Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to unfold and expand often leading to an overwhelming number of variants.  As such one can encounter great variation in the spelling of surnames because in early times, spelling in general and thus the spelling of names was not yet standardized.  Later on spellings would change with the branching and movement of families. The complexity of researching records is compounded by the fact that in many cases an ancestors surname may have been misspelled.  This is especially true when searching census documents.

Spelling variations of this family name include: ClouClouetClouxCloutier; and Clouseaux.

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The associated armorial bearings for this surname and close variant spellings are recorded in Burke’s General Armoire and Rietstap’s Armorial General.  The additional information, presented below, is offered with regard to the armorial bearings depicted above:

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FIGURE 1: CLOUET of Autrécourt, Lorraine

These arms were bestowed upon Jehan Clouet Souilly Autrécourt, 1471-1532, a native of Autrécourt. He was knighted by the Duke Antoine February 28, 1511 for his service rendered during the wars with Italy.  Today Autrécourt-sur-Aire is a commune in the Meuse department in the Lorraine region in northeastern France.  These arms are described as a barry of six fesses alternating red and blue with a rustre* of silver and gold in the center.  *A rustre is a lozenge with a circular perforation. Certain ancient armour composed of links of this shape sewed upon cloth is thought to have supplied the origin of this charge.

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FIGURE 2: CLOU of Limousin

These arms have been attributed to a Clou of Limousin.  Limousin is one of the 27 regions of France. It is composed of three départements: Corrèze, Creuse and the Haute-Vienne.

These arms are best described as a red shield containing a crowned lion* and three gold stars in the chief.  *The lion represents dauntless courage and the associated crown signifies the defender of a fortress, a token of civic honour; or one who first mounted the breach in the walls of a fortress.

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FIGURE 3: CLOUET of Normandy

Rietstap has attributed this coat-of-arms to a Clouet of Normandy.  The shield is silver or white and contains a red cross (saltire), with the head of a spear* in each of the four quarters. *The spear heads means dexterity and nimble wit; and a readiness for battle.

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These arms were granted to a Clouseaux of Orleans, France.  The red* shield contains three spear or pike heads. *The heraldic utilization of the color red signifies military strength and magnanimity, or that the owner of the arms was a warrior or martyr.


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FIGURE 5: CLOUTIER of Normandy

These armorial bearings were bestowed upon a Cloutier of Normandy.  This Cloutier held a seigneurie in the Pas de Calais at Cléty a village in the arrondisement of St. Omer where the family was a member of the of the Norman nobility.  First recorded records of this family date back to the 12th century. 

The arms feature a blue shield containing two white or silver lions and a gold chief holding a black leopard*.  The crest shows a black leopard in the same position. *The leopard represents a valiant and hardy warrior who enterprises hazardous things by force and courage.

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FIGURE 6: CLOUX of Farouville, Orleans

These arms belong to a du Cloux of Farouville, in the locale of Orleans.  They show a blue shield with a white escutcheon containing a black nail*.   *The French word for nail is “clou” and “clouer” means to nail something down.  As such it is common to see a nail, spike, or the head of a spear (pike) as a charge in the arms of French persons with the name of Cloue and its variant spellings. 

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FIGURE 7: CLOUX of Holland

These arms have been attributed to a  du Cloux of Holland.  It is possible that these arms belonged to Jean du Cloux (c.1520-c1578) or one of his descendents.  The arms feature a two-masted ship* sailing on the sea.  The crest (not shown) is of a natural arm holding a dagger* in strike action. *The ship is utilized as a heraldic charge to recognize ancient sea voyages.  The dagger found in the crest signifies justice and military honor.

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FIGURE 8: CLOUET of France

Rietstap has attributed this coat of arms to a Clouet of France. The arms feature a blue shield with a silver chevron and three golden nails. *The chevron generally means protection or it may recognize builders or others who have accomplished some work of faithful service.

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Motto(es) of this Surname

     A motto is a word or sentence usually written upon a scroll and generally placed below the shield, but sometimes, especially in Scotland, above the crest.    Many ancient mottoes were war-cries such as the Douglas motto of “Forward.”    Many mottoes refer to the name of the bearer, for example “cole regem” for Coleridge.   In general most mottoes convey a sentiment, hope, or determination, such as the Cotter motto “Dum spiro spero” where the meaning is “While I have breath I hope“.     Mottoes are often used by several successive generations, but may be changed at any time by the grantee. The languages most in use are Latin, French, and English.  Exceptions are seen in Scotland where they are often in the old Lowland dialect, and in Wales, often in the language of the principality.   

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The art of designing, displaying, describing, and recording arms is called heraldry. The use of coats of arms by countries, states, provinces, towns and villages is called civic heraldry.   A Coat of Arms is defined as a group of emblems and figures (heraldic bearings) usually arranged on and around a shield and serving as the special insignia of some person, family, or institution.  Except for a few cases, there is really no such thing as a standard "coat of arms" for a surname.  A coat of arms, more properly called an armorial achievement, armorial bearings or often just arms for short, is a design usually granted only to a single person not to an entire family or to a particular surname.  Coats of arms are inheritable property, and they generally descend to male lineal descendents of the original arms grantee.  The rules and traditions regarding Coats of Arms vary from country to country. Therefore a Coat of Arms for an English family would differ from that of a German family even when the surname is the same. 

Some of the more prominent elements incorporated into a  coat of arms are :

Crest - The word crest is often mistakenly applied to a coat of arms.  The crest was a later development arising from the love of pageantry.  Initially the crest consisted of charges painted onto a ridge on top of the helmet.

Wreath or Torse – The torse is a twist of cloth or wreath underneath and part of a crest. Always shown as six twists, the first tincture being the tincture of the field, the second the tincture of the metal, and so on.

Mantling – The mantling is a drapery tied to the helmet above the shield. It forms a backdrop for the shield.

Helm or Helmet - The helmet or helm is situated above the shield and bears the torse and crest. The style of helmet displayed varies according to rank and social status, and these styles developed over time, in step with the development of actual military helmets.

Shield or Arms - The basis of all coats of arms.  At their simplest, arms consist of a shield with a plain field on which appears a geometrical shape or object.  The items appearing on the shield are known as charges.

Motto - The motto was originally a war cry, but later mottoes often expressed some worthy sentiment. It may appear at the top or bottom of a family coat of arms.

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