Rugged coastal mountains and the windswept Hebrides
islands were the home of the first family to use the name Glason. It was originally given to 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 Glason family
The surname Glason 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 Glason family
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Glason Spelling Variations
Many spelling variations
of Glason have been recorded over the years, including Glass, Glas, MacGilleglas, Glasse and others.
Early Notables of the Glason family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Glason family to Ireland
Some of the Glason 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 Glason family to the New World and Oceana
Scottish settlers arrived in many of the communities that became the backbones of the United States and Canada. Many stayed, but some headed west for the endless open country of the prairies. In the American War of Independence
, many Scots who remained loyal to the Crown re-settled in Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Scots across North America were able to recover much of their lost heritage in the 20th century as Clan
societies and highland games sprang up across North America. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Glasons to arrive on North American shores: 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 Glason 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.