Humanities › History & Culture Meaning and History of the Surname Clement Share Flipboard Email Print PeteWill / Getty Images History & Culture Genealogy Surnames Basics Genealogy Fun Vital Records Around the World American History African American History African History Ancient History and Culture Asian History European History Inventions Latin American History Medieval & Renaissance History Military History The 20th Century Women's History View More By Kimberly Powell Genealogy Expert Certificate in Genealogical Research, Boston University B.A., Carnegie Mellon University Kimberly Powell is a professional genealogist and the author of The Everything Guide to Online Genealogy. She teaches at the Genealogical Institute of Pittsburgh and the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy. our editorial process Kimberly Powell Updated June 03, 2019 From the Late Latin given name "Clemens," the Clement surname means "merciful and gentle." CLEMENT is the English version and CLÉMENT is French. CLEMENTE is a common Italian and Spanish version of the surname, also originating from the given name "Clemens." Surname Origin: French, English, Dutch Alternate Surname Spellings: CLEMENS, CLEMENTS, CLEMENTE, CLEMMONS, CLEMONS, CLEMMENT Fun Fact about the Surname Clement Clement was the name of fourteen different popes, including Saint Clement I, the fourth pope and first of the Apostolic Fathers. Famous People with the Surname CLEMENT Gustave Adolphe Clément-Bayard - 19th-century French entrepreneur and industrialistJean-Pierre Clément - French economist and historianMartin W. Clement - 11th president of the Pennsylvania railroadNicolas Clément - French chemist- MLB baseball player and humanitarian Where is the CLEMENT Surname Most Common? According to surname distribution from Forebears, the Clement surname is found most prevalently in Nigeria, but in the greatest numbers in France, where it ranks as the 75th most common surname in the country. Clement is also a fairly common last name in Luxembourg (195th most common surname), Wales (339th), Canada (428th) and Switzerland (485th). Genealogy Resources for the Surname CLEMENT French Surname Meanings and OriginsDoes your last name have origins in France? Learn about the various origins of French surnames and explore the meanings of some of the most common French last names. How to Research-French AncestryLearn about the various types of genealogical records available for researching ancestors in France and how to access them. Clement Clements Clemmons Y DNA ProjectJoin with other genealogists interested in combining Y-DNA testing with traditional genealogy research in order to identify common Clement ancestors worldwide. Surnames included in the project include Clement, Clements, Clemmons, Clemons and Clemens. Clement Family Crest - It's Not What You ThinkContrary to what you may hear, there is no such thing as a Clement family crest or coat of arms for the Clement surname. Coats of arms are granted to individuals, not families, and may rightfully be used only by the uninterrupted male-line descendants of the person to whom the coat of arms was originally granted. CLEMENT Family Genealogy ForumSearch this popular genealogy forum for the Clement surname to find others who might be researching your ancestors, or post your own Clement query. DistantCousin.com - CLEMENT Genealogy & Family HistoryExplore free databases and genealogy links for the last name Clement. GeneaNet - Clement RecordsGeneaNet includes archival records, family trees, and other resources for individuals with the Clement surname, with a concentration on records and families from France and other European countries. The Clement Genealogy and Family Tree PageBrowse genealogy records and links to genealogical and historical records for individuals with the Clement surname from the website of Genealogy Today. Sources Cottle, Basil. Penguin Dictionary of Surnames. Baltimore, MD: Penguin Books, 1967. Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Collins Celtic (Pocket edition), 1998. Fucilla, Joseph. Our Italian Surnames. Genealogical Publishing Company, 2003. Hanks, Patrick, and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford University Press, 1989. Hanks, Patrick. Dictionary of American Family Names. Oxford University Press, 2003. Reaney, P.H. A Dictionary of English Surnames. Oxford University Press, 1997. Smith, Elsdon C. American Surnames. Genealogical Publishing Company, 1997.