Claw


Claw
Recorded as Claw, Clawe, Clawley, Clawsley, Clowley, Clousley, Clowsley and others, this is an English surname. It is locational but where from is a mystery as no such place in any of the known surname spellings has been found in the gazetters of the British Isles. There nearest is probably the Claw, a small river which rises near Holsworthy in Devonshire, and if so it is possible that the surname originates from a now 'lost' village which was on this river, but has now completely disappeared. The river name is pre 7th century Olde English from 'clawu,' meaning curved. However whilst the surname as Claw or Clawe is recorded in Devonshire from Elizabethan times, there is no record of any other spelling. Another possibility is that this surname is a form of Cloudesley, but if so we have not been able to find a link. Early examples of the recordings taken from surviving registers of the city of London include: Joseph Clousley who married Anne Bedwell at St Mary Magdalene, on February 12th 1681, Martha Clowsley who married William Cock at St James, Dukes Place, Westminster, on June 24th 1720, and Mary Clawley, who was christened at Carter Lane Independant church, Blackfriars, on March 11th 1736.

Surnames reference. 2013.

Synonyms:
, (with the claws), , ,


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  • Claw — (kl[add]), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Clawed} (kl[add]d); p. pr. & vb. n. {Clawing}.] [AS. clawan. See {Claw}, n.] 1. To pull, tear, or scratch with, or as with, claws or nails. [1913 Webster] 2. To relieve from some uneasy sensation, as by scratching; …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • claw — [klɔː ǁ klɒː] verb claw back phrasal verb 1. [transitive] claw something → back FINANCE if a company claws back shares, it takes back new shares that it had offered to its present shareholders, but they do not want to buy, and offers them to… …   Financial and business terms

  • Claw — (kl[add]), n. [AS. clawu, cl[=a], cle[ o]; akin to D. klaauw, G. klaue, Icel. kl[=o], Sw. & Dan. klo, and perh. to E. clew.] 1. A sharp, hooked nail, as of a beast or bird. [1913 Webster] 2. The whole foot of an animal armed with hooked nails;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • CLAW — bezeichnet: CLAW Hypothese, Hypothese über einen negativen Rückkopplungseffekt in der Klimaforschung Claw (Computerspiel) Eagle Claw Operation Eagle Claw Der Mann mit der stählernen Klaue („The Steel Claw“) …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Claw — Claw, v. i. To scrape, scratch, or dig with a claw, or with the hand as a claw. Clawing [in ash barrels] for bits of coal. W. D. Howells. [1913 Webster] {To claw off} (Naut.), to turn to windward and beat, to prevent falling on a lee shore. [1913 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • claw — claw; claw·less; wro·claw; de·claw; …   English syllables

  • claw — ► NOUN 1) a curved, pointed horny nail on each digit of the foot in birds, lizards, and some mammals. 2) the pincer of a crab, scorpion, or other arthropod. ► VERB 1) scratch or tear at with the claws or fingernails. 2) (claw away) try… …   English terms dictionary

  • claw — [n] nail of animal; tool shaped like nail of an animal barb, cant hook, clapperclaw, crook, fang, fingernail, grapnel, grappler, hook, manus, nail claw, nipper, paw, pincer, retractile, spur, talon, tentacle, unguis, ungula; concept 392 claw [v]… …   New thesaurus

  • claw — [klô] n. [ME claue < OE clawu < IE * g(e)l eu < base * gel , to make round, clench (as a fist) > CLING, CLAMP1, CLIMB] 1. a sharp, hooked or curved horny structure, or nail, on the foot of a bird and of many reptiles and mammals 2. a… …   English World dictionary

  • Claw — For other uses, see Claw (disambiguation). Talons redirects here. For the Bloc Party song, see Talons (song).For the UK band, see Talons (band). For the sports team, see Tulsa Talons. A domestic cat s retractable claw in protracted position A… …   Wikipedia


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