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One-Name Study


About the Cloud One-Name Study

Welcome to the Cloud One Name Study.

The official web site for the study is http://cloudhistory.com. It is a collaborative research site and we welcome your contributions. Please visit.

The goal of this project is to respectfully record the history of all CLOUD (and variant) families, to trace the lines as far back as possible and to reconcile broken or lost lineages. This project welcomes all people from all parts of the world who are descended from any of the CLOUD/CLOUDE variant surnames.

Join this project and have your family included in the One-Name study. Contact the project administrator at the email address at the bottom of this page.


Proven variants of the CLOUD surname:

Other possible variants may be:

DNA research into those surnames should help determine if they are variants. Please visit the Cloud DNA Project and consider joining it or comparing data with it if you have any of those variants or suspect you are descended from the CLOUD/CLOUDE/CLOWD line.

Please contact the One-Name Study project administrator with any other variants you believe exist at the Contact email address at the bottom of this page.

Origin of the surname

The origin of the CLOUD/CLOUDE/CLOWD/CLOWDE surname is unknown and, as there is more than one distinct line for this surname, it may have more than one origin. It may have come from a place name in England or perhaps it is a variation of an earlier surname (e.g. CLOET).

Please submit any information you may have on the origin of the surname -- or any theories about it -- to the Contact email address below.

Historical occurrences

Members of the CLOUDE family have been found in England as early as the 13th century. The earliest ancestor of a documented Cloud line (known to this study) lived in England in the 16th century.

Frequency of the name

The United States:

England, Scotland, Ireland & Wales:

A September 2002 extract of an Office of National Statistics database of surnames in England, Wales and the Isle of Mann produced the following results:


Distribution of the name

The earliest known CLOUDE families are found in England in the 10th century. There are CLOUD/CLOUDE families currently living all over the world, including Australia, Canada, England, Ireland, Scotland, France, Germany, Mexico, and the United States.


Our collection of Cloud genealogical data currently consists of over 14,100 people from all over the world with the CLOUD surname and its variants and over 175,000 people total. Please consider contributing your family history as it will be useful to other researchers and may provide information vital to breaking down a genealogical brick wall for you or for someone else. To contribute, either visit the site listed above or contact the CLOUD One-Name Study administrator (see 'Contact Details' below).

DNA project

The Cloud DNA Project is open to any male who is descended from (or believes he is descended from) a direct (paternal) line of one of the surname variants for this One Name Study. Please use the contact email address below for any questions.


Contact details

For further information, contact:

Mr Tom Cloud

This page last updated 7 June 2012.

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