Glancey History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Irish surnames in use today are underpinned by a multitude of rich histories. The name Glancey originally appeared in Gaelic as Mac Fhlannchaidh. The exact meaning of this name is undetermined; it can be translated as "son of Fhlannchadh," where "flann" means "reddish" or "ruddy." However, whether "caidh" denotes warrior as has been asserted is unknown.

Early Origins of the Glancey family

The surname Glancey was first found in Counties Clare and Leitrim. The more important of the two MacClancy septs were a branch of the MacNamaras and were from the north of County Clare, where they gave their name to Cathermacclancy. They traced their lineage from the Heber kings, and provided hereditary brehons (judges) to the O'Briens. They were most numerous in County Clare and the neighboring counties of Galway and Tipperary. The other sept of MacClancys were indigenous to Leitrim, and were Chiefs of Darty or Rosclogher. [1]

Early History of the Glancey family

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Glancey Spelling Variations

During the Middle Ages, a standardized literary language known by the general population of Ireland was a thing of fiction. When a person's name was recorded by one of the few literate scribes, it was up that particular scribe to decide how to spell an individual's name. So a person could have several spelling variations of his name recorded during a single lifetime. Research into the name Glancey revealed many variations, including Clancy, Clancey, Clanchey, Clanchy, Clansey and many more.

Early Notables of the Glancey family (pre 1700)

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United States Glancey migration to the United States +

Thousands of Irish left in their homeland in the 18th and 19th centuries to escape the religious and political discrimination they experienced primarily at the hands of the English, and in the search of a plot of land to call their own. These immigrants arrived at the eastern shores of North America, early on settling and breaking the land, and, later, building the bridges, canals, and railroads essential to the emerging nations of United States and Canada. Many others would toil for low wages in the dangerous factories of the day. Although there had been a steady migration of Irish to North America over these years, the greatest influx of Irish immigrants came to North America during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the Irish name Glancey or a variant listed above:

Glancey Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Dailey Glancey, aged 25, who arrived in New York in 1812 [2]
  • Darby Glancey, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1812 [2]
  • John Glancey, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1812 [2]

Canada Glancey migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Glancey Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Ann Glancey, aged 25, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Edward Reid" in 1833

New Zealand Glancey migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Glancey Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mary Glancey, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "British King" in 1883

Contemporary Notables of the name Glancey (post 1700) +

    Halifax Explosion
    • Mr. Ralph  Glancey (1892-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [3]

    1. ^ MacLysaght, Edward, Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7)
    2. ^ 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)
    3. ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from on Facebook
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