The Clegg Family Surname

What we have on the family name is that one authority claims from the Cornish Clough, a rock. More likely it is a Lancshire toponymic, derived from a clegg 'break in the hills,' such as a saddle or a pass. Possibly the name came from Kleggi, an old Norse name for a haystck, originally the name for a nearby hill In John Speed's 17th century map of Lancashire there is a locality named Clegge, about 6km north east from Rochdale. The name is well known in that area and has been established since the 16th century and probably since the 11th. Yorkshire, Rochdale, Oldham, Halifax areas appear to have been the areas most populated by Cleggs. You know I guess of Clegg Hall In Rochdale. Lorraine (hero@crystal.com.au).