Gladdish History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Gladdish was spawned by the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture that ruled a majority of Britain. It comes from the Old English personal name Clad.

Early Origins of the Gladdish family

The surname Gladdish was first found in Essex where they held a family seat. From their early beginnings, for the next few centuries, the family name also acquired other estates or manors as branches established themselves throughout England. The major conflicts of the eras, such as the War of the Roses, the English Reformation, and the English Civil War sometimes found them to be in opposing camps, with conflicting interests.

Early History of the Gladdish family

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Gladdish Spelling Variations

Gladdish has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Gladdish have been found, including Cladish, Claddish, Cleydiche, Claydiche, Claydyche, Gladyche, Gladish and many more.

Early Notables of the Gladdish family (pre 1700)

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Canada Gladdish migration to Canada +

In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Gladdishs to arrive on North American shores:

Gladdish Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
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