The name Gladhill first arose amongst the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. It is derived from their having 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 Gladhill family
The surname Gladhill 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 Gladhill family
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Gladhill Spelling Variations
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations
under which the name Gladhill has appeared include Gledall, Gledhill, Gladhill, Gladhall and others.
Early Notables of the Gladhill family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Gladhill family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Gladhill Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- George Gladhill, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Mermaid" in 1859