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Where did the Scottish Glasco family come from? When did the Glasco family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Glasco family history?

The ancient Scottish name Glasco was first used by the Strathclyde-Briton people of the Scottish/English Borderlands. The original bearer of the name lived in the city of Glasgow on the river Clyde in the county of Renfrew (first recorded in 1116 as Glasgu), or from either of two minor places with the same name in Aberdeenshire. The origins of the place name are uncertain, it may come from the Welsh glas, or "gray," and cau, meaning "hollows."

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Spelling and translation were hardly exact sciences in Medieval Scotland. Sound, rather than any set of rules, was the basis for spellings, so one name was often spelled different ways even within a single document. Spelling variations are thus an extremely common occurrence in Medieval Scottish names. Glasco has been spelled Glassgow, Glasgow, Glassgaw and others.

First found in Renfrewshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Rinn Frił), a historic county of Scotland, today encompassing the Council Areas of Renfrew, East Renfrewshire, and Iverclyde, in the Strathclyde region of southwestern Scotland, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Glasco research. Another 154 words(11 lines of text) covering the years 1258, 1299, and 1343 are included under the topic Early Glasco History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Glasco Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Glasco family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 265 words(19 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Such hard times forced many to leave their homeland in search of opportunity across the Atlantic. Many of these families settled along the east coast of North America in communities that would become the backbones of the young nations of the United States and Canada. The ancestors of many of these families have rediscovered their roots in the 20th century through the establishment of Clan societies and other patriotic Scottish organizations. Among them:

Glasco Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Anna Glasco, aged 24, who landed in America, in 1893
  • T Glasco, aged 22, who landed in America, in 1894

Glasco Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • James Glasco, aged 24, who emigrated to America, in 1924

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