The ancient Scottish name Gladstein was first used by the Strathclyde-Briton people of the Scottish/English Borderlands. The original bearer of the name lived at Gledstanes
. The place-name itself is derived from the Old English words glede,
which means kite,
which means stone.
In this case the word kite
applies in its original sense as a bird of prey of the hawk family that is distinguished by its forked tail.
Early Origins of the Gladstein family
The surname Gladstein was first found in Lanarkshire
(Gaelic: Siorrachd Lannraig) a former county in the central Strathclyde region of Scotland
, now divided into the Council Areas of North Lanarkshire
, South Lanarkshire, and the City of Glasgow, 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.
Early History of the Gladstein family
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Gladstein Spelling Variations
Spelling and translation were hardly exact sciences in Medieval Scotland
. Sound, rather than any set of rules, was the basis for spellings, so one name was often spelled different ways even within a single document. Spelling variations
are thus an extremely common occurrence in Medieval Scottish names. Gladstein has been spelled Gladstone, Gladston, Gledstone, Gledstanes and others.
Early Notables of the Gladstein family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Gladstein family to the New World and Oceana
Such hard times forced many to leave their homeland in search of opportunity across the Atlantic. Many of these families settled along the east coast of North America in communities that would become the backbones of the young nations of the United States and Canada. The ancestors of many of these families have rediscovered their roots in the 20th century through the establishment of Clan
societies and other patriotic Scottish organizations. Among them: John Gladestone who settled in Philadelphia in 1744.
The Gladstein Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Fide et virtute
Motto Translation: By fidelity and valour.