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Meaning & History
English surname of unknown origin, possibly a corrupted form of a Dutch surname derived from Dutch klateren "to clatter" and beek "brook". The original surname may have been brought to England by Flemish weavers whom Edward III brought to England in the 14th century to teach their techniques to the English, or by Huguenots who fled the Netherlands in the 16th century to escape religious persecution. A known bearer of this surname was Dorothy Clutterbuck (1880-1951), an English woman alleged to have been a leading member of an early Wiccan coven.