Gladen History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Gladen family

The surname Gladen 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 Gladen family

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

Gladen Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Gladen family (pre 1700)

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


United States Gladen migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Gladen Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Mary Gladen, who landed in Virginia in 1655 [6]
  • Jonathan Gladen, who arrived in Virginia in 1678 [6]
Gladen Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Jacob Gladen, aged 28, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1796 [6]
  • John Gladen, aged 5, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1796 [6]

Contemporary Notables of the name Gladen (post 1700) +

  • Cyrus R. Gladen, American fighter pilot and flying ace in the U.S. Army Air Forces, during World War II, credited with 5 aerial victories


  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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