Scotland's western coastal mountains and the desolate Hebrides
spawned the line of the Glasner family. The name Glasner was originally a nickname
for a person with gray hair. The surname Glass is derived from the Gaelic word glas,
which means gray,
however, it may also be a shortened Anglicized form of the surname MacGille Glais,
which means son of the gray lad.
Early Origins of the Glasner family
The surname Glasner was first found in Buteshire
(Gaelic Siorrachd Bhòid), an island region of western Scotland
within the ancient Kingdom of Dál Riata, now part of the Council Area of Argyll and Bute
, 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 Glasner family
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Glasner Spelling Variations
Spelling and translation were not standardized practices until the last few centuries. Spelling variations
are extremely common among early Scottish names. Glasner has been spelled Glass, Glas, MacGilleglas, Glasse and others.
Early Notables of the Glasner family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Glasner family to Ireland
Some of the Glasner family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 158 words (11 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Glasner family to the New World and Oceana
Settlers from Scotland
put down roots in communities all along the east coast of North America. Some moved north from the American colonies to Canada as United Empire Loyalists during the American War of Independence
. As Clan
societies and highland games started in North America in the 20th century many Scots rediscovered parts of their heritage. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Glasner were among those contributors: Duncan Glass who settled in Virginia in 1651 with his wife Mary; William Glass settled in New England
in 1709 with his wife, two sons and two daughters.
The Glasner 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 Translation: I struggle, but am not overwhelmed.