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Where did the Scottish Glasco family come from? What is the Scottish Glasco family crest and coat of arms? 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?

In ancient Scotland, the first people to use Glasco as a surname were the Strathclyde- Britons. It was a name someone who 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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The origin of rules governing the spelling of names and even words is a very recent innovation. Before that, words and names were spelled according to sound, and, therefore, often appeared under several different spelling variations in a single document. 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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The persecution faced in their homeland left many Scots with little to do but sail for the colonies of North America. There they found land, freedom, opportunity, and nations in the making. They fought for their freedom in the American War of Independence, or traveled north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. In both cases, they made enormous contributions to the formation of those great nations. 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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The Glasco Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Glasco 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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