Glanval History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Glanval is a name that first reached England following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Glanval family lived in Suffolk. The name however, is not a reference to this place, but to the family's place of residence sometime prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066, Glanville, near Calvados, Normandy. [1]

Early Origins of the Glanval family

The surname Glanval was first found in Suffolk an Norfolk. Bromeholme in the parish of Bacton in Norfolk was an ancient family seat established shortly after the Norman Conquest. "A priory for Cluniac monks, dedicated to St. Andrew, was founded in 1113, by William de Glanvill, and for some time subsisted as a cell to the monastery at Castle Acre." [2] Again in Suffolk, but this time in Leiston, Ranulph de Glanville endowed the monastery there in honour of the Virgin Mary in 1182.

Important Dates for the Glanval family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Glanval research. Another 103 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1542, 1600, 1586, 1661, 1614, 1644, 1664 and 1735 are included under the topic Early Glanval History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Glanval Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Glanval are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Glanval include Glanfield, Glanville, Glenville and others.

Early Notables of the Glanval family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Glanfield, the Earl of Suffolk; Sir John Glanville, the elder (1542-1600), born in Tavistock, an English Member of Parliament and judge; Sir John Glanville the younger (1586-1661), an...
Another 35 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Glanval Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Glanval family

Faced with the chaos present in England at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia and Ireland in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Glanval, or a variant listed above: John Glamfield who settled in Virginia in 1654; who later correctly spelled his name Glanfield.

Citations

  1. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
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