In ancient Anglo-Saxon England
, the ancestors of the Gladhall surname lived in the region of Gledhill in the West Riding of Yorkshire
. The name is a habitational name from the Old English gleoda
which means "kite" and hyll
which means "hill."
Early Origins of the Gladhall family
The surname Gladhall was first found in Yorkshire
near Halifax where they held a family seat
as Lords of the manor of Gledhill from very ancient times. Barkisland in the West Riding of Yorkshire
was home to another branch of the family but has since been lost. "Barkisland Hall, the ancient seat of the Gledhill family, is a stately mansion in the old English style of domestic architecture, and has long been the property of the Bolds of Bold Hall, Lancashire
. The grammar school here, an ancient structure, was endowed in 1657 with £200 by Mrs. Sarah Gledhill" CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Gladhall family
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Gladhall Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Gladhall are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Gladhall include: Gledall, Gledhill, Gladhill, Gladhall and others.
Early Notables of the Gladhall family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Gladhall family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Gladhall or a variant listed above: George Gledhill who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1852; Henry and James Gledhill settled in Philadelphia in 1834; Travis Gledhill settled in Philadelphia in 1864..