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Origin of the Name Close

The origin of the name Close was found in the archives. Close is a locational name meaning 'at the close', from a person who lived near a main residence. Variants of the name include Closs, Clos and Kloss. An early recording of this name was that of a Johannes del Clos who was recorded in the 'Poll Tax' of the West Riding of Yorkshire in the year 1379. A branch of this family from Yorkshire migrated to Ireland in the person of a Richard Close who acquired property in County Monaghan. From there the family moved to County Antrim where a William Close is recorded in the Census of 1659 as one of the Tituladoes at Lisnagarvy in that County. In the nineteenth century one of this family held extensive lands in County Armagh where he was High Sheriff in the year 1854. Other bearers of the names Closs and Close take their name from the native Gaelic O'Clusaigh sept of Ulster Province.
The Close 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 Close descendants.
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