Cloud (surname)

Cloud (surname)

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][not in citation given] The surname may have come from a place name or a geographical feature.

Early native Americans (indigenous peoples of America) did not use the surnaming convention of the Europeans, choosing instead to name their children after places, animals, events, religious symbols, etc. Modern native American Indians have adopted the use of family surnames.[2]


(Listed in alphabetical order.)

Known variants

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

Likely variants

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

  • Cloudsleigh, Cloudesleigh, Cloudsley, Cloudesley

Possible variants

(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, Coloude, Kloede, Klouda, Kloudos, Kloudt, Klude, Klut, Klutton, MacCloud, McCleod, McCloud, McLeod

Countries of residence

Some of the places Cloud surnamed families are known to have lived:
Australia, Canada, England, France, Germany, Hawaii, Ireland, Isle of Man, Mexico, Scotland, South Africa, The Netherlands, United States of America, Wales


(arranged chronologically by birth date)

  • Simon de la Cloude, Isolda his wife, William de la Cloude - earliest known (to this author) records of Cloudes, 13th century documents and later.[3]
  • William Cloude (1621–1702), born in England, Quaker, emigrated from England to the American colonies in 1682 with William Penn.[4]
  • Joseph Cloud (1770–1845), head of the melting and refining dept. of the US Mint, at Philadelphia from Jan 1798 until Jan 14 1836.[5][6]
  • Dr. Noah Bartlett Cloud, M.D. (1809–1875), a highly respected leader and reformer in the farming practices of the South. He managed the Alabama State Fair and owned and edited the influential "American Cotton Planter and Soil of the South" magazine.[7][8]
Daniel Cloud died at the Alamo
  • Daniel W. Cloud (1814–1936), died defending the Alamo in San Antonio de Bexar Texas March, 1836.
  • David Comer Cloud (1817–1903), first attorney general for the state of Iowa, U.S.A.[9]
  • Aaron G. Cloud (1818–1893) financial agent and bookkeeper for the Illinois Iron Furnace in Hardin County, Illinois in 1842. He owned the Cloud State Bank in McLeansboro and his home, which became the McCoy Memorial Library in McLeansboro, Illinois, U.S.A., is on the National Register of Historic Places.[10]
  • Chief Red Cloud (1822–1909), head Chief of the Oglala Lakota (Sioux) from 1868 to 1909.
  • Col. William Fletcher Cloud, CSA (1825–1905). Cloud County, Kansas was named for him.[11][12][13]
  • Rev. Aaron E. Cloud (1828–1881) Baptist minister, editor of the "Jonesboro News" and president of Middle Georgia College.[14]
  • Dr., Lt. Col. Abel Shuford Cloud (1839–1913) served in the 16th North Carolina Brigade and was captured at Gettysburg, moved to Missouri in 1868, studied medicine and served as a physician in Chillicothe, Missouri.[15]
  • Dr. Albert Williams Cloud, M.D. (1839–1913) a physician at Orange, Indiana, U.S.A.[16]
  • Isaac Cloud (1846–1915) an Oklahoma pioneer, prominent democratic politician and United States Marshal in Indian Territory under Grover Cleveland.[17]
  • David Madison Cloud (1848–1944) mayor, county treasurer and school commissioner in Benton, Arkansas, U.S.A.[18]
  • John Hofer Cloud (1869–1965) was a physics professor at Valparaiso, Indiana and later at the Agricultural and Mechanical college at Stillwater, Oklahoma.[19]
  • Dr. Albert W. Cloud, D.O. (1874 - ) president of the Ohio Osteopathic Associationin 1909.[20]
  • Rev. Henry Lewis Cloud (1874–1958), educator, minister, delegate to the Oklahoma Constitutional Convention, member of the Oklahoma legislature 1923-25, Cherokee Indian, grandfather of "Flying Jack" Cloud (see below).[21]
  • Roy W. Cloud (1876–1952) taught in the public schools of San Mateo County, California, became superintendent of schools there until 1925 when he became superintendent of schools in Redwood City, CA, U.S.A. He wrote the "History of San Mateo County, California"
  • David Arthur Cloud (1884–1964) Founder of Industrial Medicine magazine, aka George Reeder.[22][23]
  • Francis L. Cloud (1884–1946) City Manager of Kingsport, Tennessee, President of International City Managers Association 1941-42, ruling elder at the First Presbyterian Church, Kingsport, Tennessee, U.S.A.[24]
  • Henry Roe Cloud (1884–1950), Winnebago Indian, educator, college administrator, government official, Presbyterian minister, and reformer.[25][26]
  • Orrin Noah "O.N." Cloud (1888–1960) president of the Cloud Lumber company, Beaumont, TX, the Lake Charles Lumber Co., Lake Charles, LA and vice-president of the Newton County Lumber Co., Deweyville, TX. Lumber adviser for the Civilian Production Administration in 1946.[27]
  • Holman R. Cloud (1894–1983) president and chairman of the board of Minute Maid Groves, president Minute Maid Corporation, Commercial manager of Florida Public Service Company.[28]
  • Thomas Jefferson Cloud (1894 - ) president of the Cloud Construction Company in Temple, Texas, U.S.A.[29]
  • Dr. Daniel T. Cloud, M.D. (1900–1959) Superintendent of the Illinois State School for Deaf Children.[30]
  • Gen. George Harlan Cloud (1904–1995), General, U.S. Marine Corps, senior member of the Military Armistice Commission and United Nations Command in Korea.[31]
  • John Worth Cloud (1908–1990) journalist, oil promoter, poet, and historian. His "Legend of Old Stone Ranch" was proclaimed the "Official Epic Poem of Texas" by a joint Texas House and Senate resolution in 1968. He was subsequently listed in the International Who's Who Among Poets.[32][33]
  • Roger Cloud (1909–1988), Ohio state legislator (R) and auditor 1965-1966, Ohio Republican candidate for governor 1970.[34]
  • Dr. Preston E. Cloud, PhD (1912–1991), member National Academy of Sciences, paleontologist, geographer and educator.[35]
  • John Stuart Cloud (1914–2007) President of Baytron Corporation (maker of advanced microwave components), President of Cloud & Company (Boston), Board of Directors for both the Boy Scouts of America and Chamberlin Junior College in Boston, MA, U.S.A. His long-time collaboration with American painter Norman Rockwell was featured in the Saturday Evening Post. Mr. Rockwell used photographs taken by Mr. Cloud as the basis for some of his well known paintings. Mr. Cloud's photography was exhibited in New York City as part of Alan Rosenburg's Works of Art.[36][37]
  • Col. Howard H. Cloud (1919–2004) the most decorated American glider pilot of WWII and assistant chief of staff at NORAD. Col. Cloud was honored by France with the Croix de Guerre for his part in the Normandy Invasion.[38]
  • Charles E. Cloud (1922–2008) inventor and principal owner of Cloud Corporation, an innovator of packaging machinery.[39]
  • Andrew Jackson "Drew" Cloud (1923–1999) New Mexico state legislator, chairman of the New Mexico Democratic Party (1970) and served on the state Racing Commission.[40]
  • James Wayland Cloud (1924–2006) veteran of the Battle of the Bulge, an Engineer and Oklahoma Historian.[41]
  • Dr. Daniel T. Cloud, Jr., M.D.] (1925–2010) President of the Medical Staff and Chief of Pediatric Surgery at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center, founder and Chief of the Pediatric Surgical Division of the State Crippled Children's Hospital, President of the Medical Staff of Crippled Children's Hospital and Founding President of Phoenix Children's Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.A.[42]
  • Jack Martin "Flying Jack" Cloud (1925–2010), All-American football player at William & Mary, running back for the Green Bay Packers and Washington Redskins, inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame (1990), received the Jim and Rae Morgan Award for his service to the Touchdown Club of Annapolis, MD (2006), Cherokee Indian.[43][44][45]
  • Dr. Joseph G. Cloud, PhD, chairman of the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Idaho.[46][47]
  • Neil David Henry Cloud (1953 - ) South African drummer with pop band Rabbitt and for Peter Frampton Band 1980 - 1981.[48][49]

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


  1. ^ "Shakespeare Centre Library and Archive". Retrieved 2010-12-15. 
  2. ^ "Native American Names & Meanings". Retrieved 2010-12-15. 
  3. ^ Simon de la Cloude, Isolda his wife, William de la Cloude Medieval Clouds
  4. ^ William Cloude -
  5. ^ Joseph Cloud -
  6. ^ Cloud Family Journal Vol. XIV, No. 4, p. 91
  7. ^ "Noah B. Cloud and the American Cotton Planter". 2010-10-15. Retrieved 2010-12-15. 
  8. ^ "Noah B. Cloud". Retrieved 2010-12-15. 
  9. ^ David Comer Cloud -
  10. ^ "Aaron Guard Cloud". Retrieved 2010-12-15. 
  11. ^ Cloud, William F. KS-Cyclopedia
  12. ^ a b William Fletcher Cloud -
  13. ^ "". Retrieved 2010-12-15. 
  14. ^ Rev. Aaron Ezekiel Cloud -
  15. ^ The United States Biographical Dictionary and Portrait Gallery of Eminent and Self Made Men, pub. 1878, vol 4, p. 729
  16. ^ "Dr. Albert Williams Cloud, M.D". Retrieved 2010-12-15. 
  17. ^ Isaac Cloud -]
  18. ^ "David Madison Cloud". Retrieved 2010-12-15. 
  19. ^ John Hofer Cloud -
  20. ^ "Dr. Albert W. Cloud, D.O". Retrieved 2010-12-15. 
  21. ^ Henry Lewis Cloud -
  22. ^ "David Arthur Cloud". Retrieved 2010-12-15. 
  23. ^ Rittenberry, Ronnie (2007-01-01). "Occupational Health & Safety". Retrieved 2010-12-15. 
  24. ^ "Francis Logan Cloud". Retrieved 2010-12-15. 
  25. ^ Henry Roe Cloud NSEA
  26. ^ The third Henry Roe Cloud conference Yale Alumni
  27. ^ "Orrin Noah "O.N." Cloud". Retrieved 2010-12-15. 
  28. ^ "Holman R. Cloud". Retrieved 2010-12-15. 
  29. ^ "Thomas Jefferson Cloud". Retrieved 2010-12-15. 
  30. ^ Dr. Daniel Tuttle Cloud -
  31. ^ George Harlan Cloud -
  32. ^ John Worth Cloud -
  33. ^ "Cloud, John Worth, Handbook of Texas Online". Retrieved 2010-12-15. 
  34. ^ Roger Ellwood Cloud -
  35. ^ Preston Cloud -
  36. ^ "John Stuart Cloud". Retrieved 2010-12-15. 
  37. ^ "". Retrieved 2010-12-15. 
  38. ^ Col. Howard Haines Cloud -
  39. ^ Charles E. Cloud -
  40. ^ "Andrew Jackson "Drew" Cloud". Retrieved 2010-12-15. 
  41. ^ James Wayland Cloud -
  42. ^ Dr. Daniel Tuttle Cloud -
  43. ^ Flying Jack Cloud - Baltimore Sun
  44. ^ Flying Jack Cloud Daily Press, Hampton, VA
  45. ^ Flying Jack Cloud -
  46. ^ Dr. Joseph G. Cloud - Univ. Idaho
  47. ^ Joseph G. Cloud -
  48. ^ "Neil David Henry Cloud". Retrieved 2010-12-15. 
  49. ^ "Who's Who Southern Africa". Retrieved 2010-12-15. 
  50. ^ "Aaron G. Cloud". Retrieved 2010-12-15. 
  51. ^ "Potomac River Site Details". Retrieved 2010-12-15. 
  52. ^ 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. 
  53. ^ "Abner Cloud House marker". Retrieved 2010-12-15. 
  54. ^ "Abner Cloud house". Retrieved 2010-12-15. 
  55. ^ a b "National Register of Historic Places". National Register of Historic Places. Retrieved 2010-12-15. 
  56. ^ Good Stuff IT Services (1966-01-06). "Clouds House, East Knoyle". Retrieved 2010-12-15. 
  57. ^ "picture". Retrieved 2010-12-15. 
  58. ^ Clouds - the biography of a country house. Retrieved 2010-12-15. 
  59. ^ Cloud-Reese house
  60. ^ a b "". 40.682060;-76.194107: 1978-05-22. Retrieved 2010-12-15. 
  61. ^ "Flurnoy Cloud Cemetery". Retrieved 2010-12-15. 
  62. ^ "James Cloud Cemetery". Retrieved 2010-12-15. 
  63. ^ "Roy W. Cloud". Retrieved 2010-12-15. 
  64. ^ "Thomas A. Cloud". Retrieved 2010-12-15. 

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