Origin of the Name Clinton
The ancient history of the name Clinton
was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives. Clinton is a locality name meaning 'of Glinton', from a parish found in County Northamptonshire. This name is usually of English descent and is found in many ancient manuscripts in that country. Examples of such are a Geoffrey de Clinton of County Gloucestershire and a Henry de Clinton of County Yorkshire, who were recorded in the 'Hundred Rolls', England , in the year 1273.
Names were recorded in these ancient documents to make it easier for their overlords to collect taxes and to keep records of the population at any given time. When the overlords acquired land by either force or gifts from their rulers, they created charters of ownership for themselves and their vassals. It was by creating, maintaining and updating these reference books that they were able to maintain their authority and enforce laws.
In Ireland the names Clinton and McClinton can be of immigrant origin from the Norman 'de Cliontun' or from the Gaelic Mac Giolla Fhionntain sept of Ulster Province. Clintonstown is located in County Louth.
The Clinton coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Clinton descendants.