Glanvil is one of the many new names that came to England
following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Glanvil 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
in 1066, Glanville, near Calvados, Normandy
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)
Early Origins of the Glanvil family
The surname Glanvil was first found in Suffolk
. 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." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Again in Suffolk
, but this time in Leiston, Ranulph de Glanville endowed the monastery there in honour of the Virgin Mary in 1182.
Early History of the Glanvil family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Glanvil research.Another 205 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1542, 1600, 1586, 1661, 1614, 1644, 1664 and 1735 are included under the topic Early Glanvil History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Glanvil Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. When the Normans
became the ruling people of England
in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Glanfield, Glanville, Glenville and others.
Early Notables of the Glanvil 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 Glanvil Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Glanvil family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England
. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Glanvil or a variant listed above were: John Glamfield who settled in Virginia in 1654; who later correctly spelled his name Glanfield.