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Early Origins of the Gladman family

The surname Gladman 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 Gladman family

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Gladman Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Gladman family (pre 1700)

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United States Gladman migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Gladman Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Thomas Gladman, who arrived in Virginia in 1702 [6]

Australia Gladman migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Gladman Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. William Gladman, (b. 1802), aged 21, English errand boy who was convicted in Middlesex, England for 7 years for felony, transported aboard the "Commodore Hayes" in April 1823, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land), he died in 1885 [7]
  • Joseph Gladman, English convict from Hertfordshire, who was transported aboard the "Anna Maria" on March 6, 1848, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [8]

Contemporary Notables of the name Gladman (post 1700) +

  • Robert Gladman (b. 1962), American professional baseball player
  • Marjorie "Midge" Gladman (1908-1999), American amateur tennis player ranked in the U.S. Top Ten nine times between 1928 and 1937
  • Alfred Gladman, English co-founder of Gladman & Norman, a private company known for manufacturing awards and insignias in 1910
  • Frederick John Gladman (1839-1884), Australian educationist and author
  • Brett J. Gladman (b. 1966), Canadian astronomer, Professor at the University of British Columbia's Department of Physics and Astronomy

  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)
  7. Convict Records of Australia. Retrieved 4th March 2021 from
  8. State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anna Maria voyage to Van Diemen's Land or Port Phillip, Australia in 1848 with 190 passengers. Retrieved from on Facebook