Gladwin History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Gladwin family

The surname Gladwin 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 Gladwin family

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

Gladwin Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Gladwin family (pre 1700)

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


United States Gladwin migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Gladwin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • W. Gladwin, who landed in San Francisco in 1850 with his brother
  • W Gladwin, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [6]

Australia Gladwin migration to Australia +

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

Gladwin Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Charles Gladwin, aged 37, a blacksmith, who arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Sea Queen" [7]
  • Charles D Gladwin, aged 37, a blacksmith, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Sea Queen" in 1850 [7]
  • Jane Gladwin, aged 38, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Sea Queen" in 1850 [7]
  • Elizabeth Gladwin, aged 15, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Sea Queen" in 1850 [7]
  • Charles Gladwin, aged 12, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Sea Queen" in 1850 [7]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Gladwin (post 1700) +

  • Mary E. Gladwin (1861-1939), English-born, American nurse from Stoke-upon-Trent, Staffordshire, one of the first six nurses to receive the Florence Nightingale Medal
  • Harold S. Gladwin (1883-1983), American archaeologist, anthropologist and stockbroker from New York City
  • Thomas Gladwin (1710-1799), English composer and musician, organist at Vauxhall Gardens, London
  • Phil Gladwin, English television writer and script editor from Grimsby
  • John Gladwin (1942-2004), English divine, Bishop of Chelmsford (2004-2009)
  • John Gladwin (1731-1822), of Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, English lawyer and steward of the royal Sherwood Forest, brother of Major-General Henry Gladwin
  • Charles Dakeyne Gladwin (1775-1844), Lt-Col. of the Derbyshire Militia
  • Cliff Gladwin (1916-1988), English cricketer who played for Derbyshire from 1939 to 1958 and in eight Tests for England from 1947 to 1949
  • Chris Gladwin (b. 1962), English former cricketer who played for Essex, Derbyshire and Suffolk
  • Major-General Henry Gladwin (1729-1730), British commander at Fort Detroit when it was besieged during Pontiac's Rebellion
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  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. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SEA QUEEN 1850. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850SeaQueen.htm


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