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Where did the German Gluck family come from? What is the German Gluck family crest and coat of arms? When did the Gluck family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Gluck family history?The ancestral home of the Gluck family is in the German state of Bavaria. The name Gluck is an occupational hereditary surname, a type of surname that was taken from a word describing or common to the profession of the original bearer. It is a name for a family who lived near the bell tower of a church. Further research revealed that the name is derived from the German word "glocke," which means "bell," and denotes that the family or original bearer of the name either worked in the bell tower or made bells.
In the medieval era, many different cultural groups lived in the German states. There are thus many regional variations of German surnames from that era. Westphalians spoke Low German, which is similar to modern Dutch. Many German names carry suffixes that identify where they came from. Others have phrases attached that identify something about the original bearer. Other variations in German names resulted from the fact that medieval scribes worked without the aid of any spelling rules. The spelling variations of the name Gluck include Gluck, Glueck, Gluckh, Glueckh, Gluk and others.
First found in Bavaria, where the name was closely identified in early mediaeval times with the feudal society which would become prominent throughout European history. The name would later emerge as a noble family with great influence, having many distinguished branches, and become noted for its involvement in social, economic and political affairs.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gluck research. Another 116 words(8 lines of text) covering the years 1714 and 1787 are included under the topic Early Gluck History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 23 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gluck Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
The great European flow of migration to North America, which began in the middle of the 17th century and continued into the 20th century, was particularly attractive to those from Bavaria who wished to escape either poverty or religious persecution. For many Bavarian tenant farmers, the chance to own their own land was a major incentive. So the widespread colonization of the United States began in 1650, when many immigrants from Germany settled in pockets in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. In Canada, German settlement centered in Ontario and the prairie Among those of this surname listed in various historical records were:
Gluck Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Gluck Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The Gluck Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gluck 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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