The ancient history of the Gladhil name begins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the family resided 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 Gladhil family
The surname Gladhil 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 Gladhil family
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Gladhil Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon
surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. Changes in Anglo-Saxon
names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Gladhil include Gledall, Gledhill, Gladhill, Gladhall and others.
Early Notables of the Gladhil family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Gladhil family to the New World and Oceana
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Gladhil 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..