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Where did the English Glenn family come from? What is the English Glenn family crest and coat of arms? When did the Glenn family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Glenn 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 Glenn research. Another 156 words(11 lines of text) covering the years 1377, 1386, and 1422 are included under the topic Early Glenn History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Some of the Glenn 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:

Glenn Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • William Glenn, who landed in America in 1809
  • John Glenn, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1812
  • Simon Glenn, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1817
  • Agnes Glenn, who settled in Portsmouth or Norfolk, VA in 1820
  • Nikolaus Glenn, who landed in America in 1831


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  8. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  9. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  10. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
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The Glenn Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Glenn 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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