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The ancestors of the Glasgow family lived among the Strathclyde-Briton people of the Scottish/English Borderlands. Glasgow is a name for someone who lived in the city of Glasgow on the river Clyde in the county of Renfrew (first recorded in 1116 as Glasgu), or from either of two minor places with the same name in Aberdeenshire. The origins of the place name are uncertain, it may come from the Welsh glas, or "gray," and cau, meaning "hollows."
The surname Glasgow was first found in Renfrewshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Rinn Frił), a historic county of Scotland, today encompassing the Council Areas of Renfrew, East Renfrewshire, and Iverclyde, in the Strathclyde region of southwestern Scotland, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Spelling and translation were hardly exact sciences in Medieval Scotland. Sound, rather than any set of rules, was the basis for spellings, so one name was often spelled different ways even within a single document. Spelling variations are thus an extremely common occurrence in Medieval Scottish names. Glasgow has been spelled Glassgow, Glasgow, Glassgaw and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Glasgow research. Another 154 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1258, 1299, and 1343 are included under the topic Early Glasgow History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
More information is included under the topic Early Glasgow Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Some of the Glasgow family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 265 words (19 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Such hard times forced many to leave their homeland in search of opportunity across the Atlanti c. Many of these families settled along the east coast of North America in communities that would become the backbones of the young nations of the United States and Canada. The ancestors of many of these families have rediscovered their roots in the 20th century through the establishment of Clan societies and other patriotic Scottish organizations. Among them:
Glasgow Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Glasgow Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Glasgow Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
The Glasgow Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Glasgow Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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