Gladney History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Gladney family

The surname Gladney 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 Gladney family

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

Gladney Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Gladney family (pre 1700)

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

Gladney Ranking

In the United States, the name Gladney is the 4,178th most popular surname with an estimated 7,461 people with that name. [6]

United States Gladney migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Gladney Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • James Gladney, aged 24, who arrived in America from Gruegue, Ireland, in 1907
  • Patrick Gladney, aged 22, who arrived in America from Gracgne, Ireland, in 1909
  • James Gladney, who arrived in America, in 1920
  • Margaret Gladney, aged 31, who arrived in America from Poulmounty, Ireland, in 1922
  • Thomas Gladney, aged 23, who arrived in America, in 1924

Contemporary Notables of the name Gladney (post 1700) +

  • Jeff Gladney (1996-2022), American professional football cornerback in the National Football League (NFL) for Minnesota Vikings (2020) and Arizona Cardinals (2022); he died in a car crash in Dallas, Texas
  • Dru C. Gladney (1956-2022), American anthropologist who was President of the Pacific Basin Institute at Pomona College and a Professor of Anthropology
  • Heather Gladney, American author
  • Edna Browning Kahly Gladney (1886-1961), American advocate for children's rights and better living conditions for disadvantaged children
  • Robert Lawrence "Bob" Gladney (b. 1957), retired Canadian professional NHL ice hockey player from Come By Chance, Newfoundland
  • Hugh Gladney Grant (1888-1972), American politician, U.S. Minister to Albania, 1935-39; Thailand, 1940-41 [7]

  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
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  7. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 6) . Retrieved from on Facebook
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