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An excerpt from www.HouseOfNames.com archives copyright 2000 - 2014

Origins Available: English, Scottish

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

An ancient Scottish people known as the Picts were the forefathers of the Glover family. Glover is a name for a glovemaker, which was an important trade during medieval times. In Latin documents the surname Glover is rendered cirothecarius, which means glovemaker in that language.

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Prior to the invention of the printing press in the last hundred years, documents were basically unique. Names were written according to sound, and often appeared differently each time they were recorded. Spelling variations of the name Glover include Glover, Glovere and others.

First found in Perthshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Pheairt) former county in the present day Council Area of Perth and Kinross, located in central Scotland, where they held a family seat from very ancient times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Glover research. Another 239 words(17 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1426, 1440, 1602, 1625, 1650, 1688 and 1680 are included under the topic Early Glover History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 167 words(12 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Glover Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Glover family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 101 words(7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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The freedom of the North American colonies was enticing, and many Scots left to make the great crossing. It was a long and hard journey, but its reward was a place where there was more land than people and tolerance was far easier to come by. Many of these people came together to fight for a new nation in the American War of Independence, while others remained loyal to the old order as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of Scots in North America have recovered much of this heritage in the 20th century through Clan societies and other such organizations. A search of immigration and passenger lists revealed many important and early immigrants to North America bearing the name of Glover:

  • Isaac Glover, who arrived in Maryland in 1465

Glover Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Henry Glover, who landed in Jamestown, Va in 1624
  • Ralph Glover, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1630
  • Charles Glover, who settled in Boston after sailing the Atlantic on the ship, "Lion." He purchased additional lands in Salem in 1632
  • Charles Glover, who arrived in New England in 1632
  • Henry Glover landed in New England in 1634 and by the mid-1700's, the Glovers occupied territory in Maryland, Virginia, and North Carolina


Glover Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Lidya Glover, who arrived in Virginia in 1701
  • Mary Glover, who landed in Virginia in 1703
  • Anne Glover, who arrived in Virginia in 1703
  • Sara Glover, who arrived in Virginia in 1703
  • Eliza Glover, who landed in Virginia in 1706


Glover Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Mr. Glover, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1822
  • Townsend Glover, who landed in New York in 1841
  • W Glover, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • Andrew Glover, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850-1865
  • Mrs. A B Glover, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851


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  • Daniel Lebern "Danny" Glover (b. 1946), American Prime Time Emmy Award nominated actor, and film director
  • Corey Glover (b. 1964), American musician, singer, and guitarist
  • Crispin Hellion Glover (b. 1964), American film actor and painter
  • Goodwife "Goody" Glover (d. 1688), the last person to be hanged in Boston as a witch
  • John Glover (1732-1797), American fisherman, merchant, and military leader from Marblehead, Massachusetts, Brigadier General in the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War, eponym of the USS Glover (FF-1098) was a Garcia-class frigate
  • Lucas Hendley Glover (b. 1979), American professional golfer, winner of the Masters Tournament (2007)
  • Thomas Blake Glover (1838-1911), Order of the Rising Sun was a Scottish merchant in Bakumatsu and Meiji period Japan
  • Elwood Glover (1915-1990), Canadian radio and television broadcaster
  • Edward Glover (1888-1972), British psychoanalyst
  • Jane Glover (b. 1949), British born conductor

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