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Where did the English Glen family come from? What is the English Glen family crest and coat of arms? When did the Glen family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Glen family history?

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Glen, Glenn, Glenne and others.

First found in Peebles-shire where they held a family seat from early times. The Glen family name is derived from the ancient word "glean" meaning a small valley. The name was first found in the lands of Glen in the parish of Traquair in Peeblesshire, Scotland. The Chief of the family, Colban, received his lands of Quilte in a legacy from the Queen, which was later confirmed by Robert the Bruce in the following year, 1329.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Glen research. Another 156 words(11 lines of text) covering the years 1377, 1386, and 1422 are included under the topic Early Glen History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Some of the Glen family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 216 words(15 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Glen Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Sander Glen purchased land in New York in 1639
  • Sander Leedertsz Glen, who landed in New York, NY in 1639
  • Sander Leenaerls Glen, who arrived in New Netherland(s) in 1639
  • Sander Leenaerts Glen, who landed in New Netherland(s) in 1639
  • Sander Leendertse Glen, who arrived in New York in 1639


Glen Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • William Glen, who arrived in Maryland in 1707-1708
  • Archibald Glen, who arrived in Georgia in 1738
  • Jane Glen, who arrived in South Carolina in 1743
  • Alexander Glen, aged 36, arrived in New York in 1774
  • John Glen, who landed in America in 1795

Glen Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Margt Glen, who arrived in America in 1805
  • Jean Glen, who landed in America in 1805
  • Jeany Glen, who arrived in America in 1805
  • Jennet Glen, who landed in America in 1805
  • Wm Glen, who arrived in America in 1805


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  • Marla Glen (b. 1960), American jazz singer
  • John Glen (b. 1932), English film director
  • John Glen, Principal of Knox College at the University of Toronto
  • Duncan Glen (b. 1933), Scottish poet, literary editor and Emeritus Professor of Visual Communication at Nottingham Trent University
  • James Allison Glen (1877-1950), Canadian politician
  • Cornell Glen (b. 1980), Trinidad and Tobago footballer
  • William Glen (1789-1826), Scottish poet


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The Glen Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Glen 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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