Glancy History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Irish surnames in use today are underpinned by a multitude of rich histories. The name Glancy 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 Glancy family

The surname Glancy 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 Glancy family

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Glancy Spelling Variations

Scribes and church officials, lacking today's standardized spelling rules, recorded names by how they were pronounced. This imprecise guide often led to the misleading result of one person's name being recorded under several different spellings. Numerous spelling variations of the surname Glancy are preserved in documents of the family history. The various spellings of the name that were found include Clancy, Clancey, Clanchey, Clanchy, Clansey and many more.

Early Notables of the Glancy family (pre 1700)

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United States Glancy migration to the United States +

A massive wave of Irish immigrants hit North America during the 19th century. Although many early Irish immigrants made a carefully planned decision to leave left Ireland for the promise of free land, by the 1840s immigrants were fleeing a famine stricken land in desperation. The condition of Ireland during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s can be attributed to a rapidly expanding population and English imperial policies. Those Irish families that arrived in North America were essential to its rapid social, industrial, and economic development. Passenger and immigration lists have revealed a number of early Irish immigrants bearing the name Glancy:

Glancy Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Darby Glancy, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1746 [2]
Glancy Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Margaret Glancy, aged 18, who landed in New York in 1849 [2]
  • Hannah Glancy, aged 32, who arrived in America from Donegal, in 1898
Glancy Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Thady Glancy, aged 24, who arrived in America from Roscommon, Ireland, in 1900
  • Ellen Glancy, aged 20, who arrived in America from Virginia, Ireland, in 1903
  • Francis Glancy, aged 26, who arrived in America from Salford, England, in 1906
  • William Glancy, aged 19, who arrived in America from Dundee, in 1906
  • Annie Glancy, aged 24, who arrived in America from Carrick on Shannon, Ireland, in 1907
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Glancy (post 1700) +

  • Harrison Smith "Harry" Glancy (1904-2002), American gold medalist swimmer at the 1924 Summer Olympics
  • Diane Glancy (b. 1941), Cherokee poet, author and playwright from Kansas City, Missouri
  • Brigadier-General Alfred Robinson Glancy (1881-1959), American Head of Tank-Automobile Center (1942-1943) [3]

RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. James Wilson Glancy, Scottish Assistant Steward from Glasgow, Scotland, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [4]
  • Mr. Joseph Glancy, Irish 2nd Class passenger residing in Toronto, Ontario, Canada returning to Ireland, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking [5]


  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. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, October 6) Alfred Glancy. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Glancy/Alfred_Robinson/USA.html
  4. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 10) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
  5. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 7) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/


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