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Where did the Scottish Gladston family come from? What is the Scottish Gladston family crest and coat of arms? When did the Gladston family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Gladston family history?In ancient Scotland, Gladston was a Strathclyde-Briton name for someone who lived at Gledstanes in Lanarkshire. The place-name itself is derived from the Old English words glede, which means kite, and stan, which means stone. In this case the word kite applies in its original sense as a bird of prey of the hawk family that is distinguished by its forked tail.
In Medieval times, spelling and translation were not nearly so highly developed as today. They were generally carried out according to the sound and intuition of the bearer. For that reason spelling variations are extremely common among early Scottish names. Gladston has been spelled Gladstone, Gladston, Gledstone, Gledstanes and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gladston research. Another 155 words(11 lines of text) covering the year 1296 is included under the topic Early Gladston History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Gladston Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Unrest, poverty, and persecution caused thousands to look for opportunity and freedom in the North American colonies. The crossing was long, overcrowded, and unsanitary, though, and came only at great expense. Many Strathclyde families settled on the east coast of North America in communities that would form the backbone of what would become the great nations of the United States and Canada. The American War of Independence caused those who remained loyal to England to move north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. In the 20th century, Strathclyde and other Scottish families across North America began to recover their collective heritage through highland games and Clan societies. Among them:
Gladston Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Fide et virtute
Motto Translation: By fidelity and valour.
The Gladston Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gladston Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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