Cloud (surname)

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Cloud or Cloude is a surname found in early England and in some Native American families.


It is not known when a name was first used as a family name and passed from a parent to the children (often from father to son), but instances of the practice are found in Europe approximately 1000 A.D. The family name or surname was often a modification of the father's name, or the name of a landmark or geographical location, an occupation or defining event, the name of a physical object or phenomenon of nature, etc.[citation needed]

The earliest known use of the Cloude/Cloud surname is in medieval England, where it is also recorded as de la Cloude, Clowd and Clowde.[1][2][3][4][5] The surname may have come from a place name or a geographical feature.

The name is found in Native American families, Chief Red Cloud being an example, but the name was not passed on to his children. (Early Native Americans (indigenous peoples of America) did not use the naming convention of the Europeans, choosing instead to name their children after places, animals, events, religious symbols, etc.) [6]


(Listed in alphabetical order.)

Known variants[edit]

  • Cloud, Cloude, Clowd, Clowde, de la Cloude.

Likely variants[edit]

(References found indicate these names are related to or are the same family(s).)

  • Cloudsleigh, Cloudesleigh, Cloudsley, Cloudesley

Possible variants[edit]

(Errors in transcription or personal preference are some of the reasons surnames change over time. The surnames below have similar spelling, sound similar or reflect regional spellings and pronunciations and could be variants of the Cloud/Cloude surname.)

  • Calloud, Caloud, Calud, Chlud, Chludn, Claud, Cleod, Clewed, Cllud, Cloda, Cloedt, Cloet, Clood, Cloode, Cloodt, Clou, Clouad, Clouda, Cloudan, Cloudas, Cloudax, Cloudd, Clouded, Clouden, Clouder, Cloudes, Cloudet, Cloudey, Cloudia, Cloudie, Cloudis, Cloudly, Clouds, Cloudsy, Cloudt, Cloudus, Cloudy, Cloue, Clous, Clout, Cloute, Cloutt, Cloutte, Cloux, Clowdas, Clowdes, Clowdis, Clowdos, Clowds, Clowdus, Cloyd, Clud, Cluda, Cludas, Cludd, Cludde, Clude, Cludia, Cludie, Cludy, Cluids, Clut, Clutton, Colourde, Kloede, Klouda, Kloudos, Kloudt, Klude, Klut, Klutton, MacCloud, McCleod, McCloud, McLeod

Countries of residence[edit]

Some of the places Cloud surnamed families are known to have lived:
Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Mexico, South Africa, Netherlands, United Kingdom, United States.


(arranged chronologically by birth date)

Places named for (or thought to be named for) Cloud or variantly spelled families[edit]


  1. ^ "Cloudes of Medieval England". 
  2. ^ "de la Cloude, 13th century". 
  3. ^ "de la Cloude, 13th century". 
  4. ^ "de la Cloude, 13th century". 
  5. ^ "Isolda de la Cloude, dated 1275". 
  6. ^ "Native American Names & Meanings". Retrieved 2010-12-15. 
  7. ^ Simon de la Cloude, Isolda his wife, William de la Cloude Medieval Clouds
  8. ^ Joseph Cloud -
  9. ^ Cloud Family Journal Vol. XIV, No. 4, p. 91
  10. ^ David Comer Cloud -
  11. ^ a b William Fletcher Cloud -
  12. ^ "". Retrieved 2010-12-15. 
  13. ^ Henry Roe Cloud Archived February 5, 2012, at the Wayback Machine. NSEA
  14. ^ The third Henry Roe Cloud conference Yale Alumni
  15. ^ Roger Ellwood Cloud -
  16. ^ Preston Cloud -
  17. ^ Flying Jack Cloud - Baltimore Sun
  18. ^ Flying Jack Cloud Daily Press, Hampton, VA
  19. ^ Flying Jack Cloud -
  20. ^ "Aaron G. Cloud". Retrieved 2010-12-15. 
  21. ^ "Potomac River Site Details". Retrieved 2010-12-15. 
  22. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k ERG, Eastern Region Geography, Geographic Names (2009-05-01). "U.S. Board on Geographic Names". Retrieved 2010-12-15. 
  23. ^ "Abner Cloud House marker". Retrieved 2010-12-15. 
  24. ^ "Abner Cloud house". Retrieved 2010-12-15. 
  25. ^ a b "National Register of Historic Places". National Register of Historic Places. Retrieved 2010-12-15. 
  26. ^ Good Stuff IT Services (1966-01-06). "Clouds House, East Knoyle". Retrieved 2010-12-15. 
  27. ^ "picture". Retrieved 2010-12-15. 
  28. ^ Clouds - the biography of a country house. Retrieved 2010-12-15. 
  29. ^ Cloud-Reese house
  30. ^ a b "". 40.682060;-76.194107: 1978-05-22. Retrieved 2010-12-15. 
  31. ^ "Flurnoy Cloud Cemetery". Retrieved 2010-12-15. 
  32. ^ "James Cloud Cemetery". Retrieved 2010-12-15. 
  33. ^ "Roy W. Cloud". Retrieved 2010-12-15. 
  34. ^ "Thomas A. Cloud". Retrieved 2010-12-15. 

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