Glad History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Glad family

The surname Glad was first found in Staffordshire and Lincolnshire where Gladuin(e) was first recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086. [1] In Latin, the place name was listed as Gladuin-us and Gleduin-us. [2]

While both counties are listed in the Domesday Book, Staffordshire was the county that had the first listing for the family: Glad(e)wine was listed at Burton, Staffordshire c. 1113. A few years later, Henry and Peter Gladwine were listed at Winton, Hampshire in 1148 and Robert Gledewyne was later listed in the Assize Rolls of Kent in 1317. [3]

This latter source continues to note that the name "was unrecorded in Old English, but fairly common in the 12th century." [3]

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 listed Walter Gladewyne and Roger Gladewine as both holding lands in Cambridgeshire at that time. [4]

Two sources notes that the name could have been a nickname for "merry or kind friend from the [Old English glaed + wine, friend] " [2] or "kind friend" [5]

Early History of the Glad family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Glad research. Another 87 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1180, 1455, 1487, 1668 and 1668 are included under the topic Early Glad History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Glad Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Gladwin, Gladwine, Gladewin, Gladwind, Gladwyne, Cladwin, Cladwine and many more.

Early Notables of the Glad family (pre 1700)

Another 32 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Glad Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Glad migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Glad Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Erich Glad, who landed in New York in 1791 [6]
  • Erick Glad, who arrived in New York in 1791 [6]
Glad Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Eugene Glad, who landed in St Clair County, Illinois in 1857 [6]
  • Alajos Glad, aged 27, who immigrated to the United States, in 1892
  • Anna K. Glad, who immigrated to the United States, in 1892
  • Elina S. Glad, aged 11, who settled in America, in 1893
  • Fredrika G. Glad, aged 44, who immigrated to the United States, in 1893
Glad Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Brita Glad, aged 17, who landed in America, in 1901
  • Anna Glad, who settled in America, in 1903
  • Anton Glad, aged 23, who landed in America from Rake, Austria, in 1909
  • Antonia Glad, aged 16, who immigrated to America from Lubla, Austria, in 1909
  • Agnes Glad, aged 20, who landed in America, in 1909
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Glad (post 1700) +

  • John Glad (1941-2015), American academic
  • Thoralf Glad (1878-1969), Norwegian gold medalist sailor at the 1912 Summer Olympics
  • Emil Glad (1929-2009), Croatian actor


  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  3. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  4. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  5. ^ Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York, Harper & Row, 1956. Print
  6. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)


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