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The ancestors of the first families to use the name Glass lived in ancient Scotland in the kingdom of Dalriada. The name was then used as a nickname for a person with gray hair. The surname Glass is derived from the Gaelic word glas, which means gray, however, it may also be a shortened Anglicized form of the surname MacGille Glais, which means son of the gray lad.

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The surname Glass was first found in Buteshire (Gaelic Siorrachd Bhid), an island region of western Scotland within the ancient Kingdom of Dl Riata, now part of the Council Area of Argyll and Bute, 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.

In various documents Glass has been spelled Since medieval scribes still spelled according to sound, records from that era contain an enormous number of spelling variations. Glass, Glas, MacGilleglas, Glasse and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Glass research. Another 202 words (14 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Glass History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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More information is included under the topic Early Glass Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the Glass family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 158 words (11 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Many who arrived from Scotland settled along the east coast of North America in communities that would go on to become the backbones of the young nations of the United States and Canada. In the American War of Independence, many settlers who remained loyal to England went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Their descendants later began to recover the lost Scottish heritage through events such as the highland games that dot North America in the summer months. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Glass family emigrate to North America:

Glass Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Duncan Glass who settled in Virginia in 1651 with his wife Mary
  • Dunkin Glass, who landed in Virginia in 1652
  • Robert Glass, who landed in Virginia in 1664
  • Joyce Glass, who landed in Maryland in 1678

Glass Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • William Glass settled in New England in 1709 with his wife, two sons and two daughters
  • Dark Glass, who landed in Virginia in 1715
  • Sophia Glass, aged 28, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1733
  • Friderich Glass, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1733
  • Martin Glass, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1749
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Glass Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Isabella Glass, who landed in New York, NY in 1811
  • Alex Glass, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811
  • Isaac Glass, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1812
  • James, Glass Sr., aged 73, landed in New York in 1812-1813
  • Samuel Glass, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1812
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Glass Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Samuel Glass, who arrived in Quebec in 1784

Glass Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Henry Glass, who landed in Canada in 1820

Glass Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Charles Glass arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Glenswilly" in 1839
  • George Glass, aged 20, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Admiral Boxer"
  • Mary Glass, aged 21, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Thomas Arbuthnot"
  • George Glass, aged 23, a baker, arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Bee"

Glass Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Archibald Glass arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Pegasus" in 1865
  • Jane Glass, aged 25, a servant, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Glenlora" in 1873
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  • Seamon Glass (1925-2016), American actor and author
  • Bradley McConnell Glass (1931-2015), American politician, Member of the Illinois House of Representatives in 1971
  • Noah Glass, American software developer, co-founder of Twitter
  • Hermann Glass (1878-1961), American Olympic gold medalist for gymnastics at the 1904 Summer Games
  • Rear Admiral Henry Glass (1844-1908), American naval officer best remembered for his role in the bloodless capture of Guam in the Spanish-American War
  • Presley Thornton Glass (1824-1902), American politician, member of the United States House of Representatives
  • Julia Glass (b. 1956), American writer awarded the National Book Award in 2002
  • Joanna McClelland Glass (b. 1936), Canadian-born, American playwright
  • Philip Glass (b. 1937), Academy Award-nominated American composer
  • Hiram Bentley Glass (1906-2005), American geneticist and noted columnist
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Glass Historic Events



HMS Hood

  • Mr. Leslie G V Glass (b. 1920), English Able Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Portsmouth, Hampshire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. David Reuben Glass, British Marine, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
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  • Glass: A Genealogist's Collection by Lucille Barco Coone.
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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Luctor
Motto Translation: I struggle, but am not overwhelmed.

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    Other References

    1. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
    2. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    3. Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Glasgow: Harper Collins, 1995. Print.
    4. Urquhart, Blair Edition. Tartans The New Compact Study Guide and Identifier. Secauccus, NJ: Chartwell Books, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0-7858-0050-6).
    5. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    6. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
    7. Skene, William Forbes Edition. Chronicles of the Picts, Chronicles of the Scots and Other Early Memorials of Scottish History. Edinburgh: H.M. General Register House, 1867. Print.
    8. Catholic Directory For Scotland. Glasgow: Burns Publications. Print.
    9. Adam, Frank. Clans Septs and Regiments of the Scottish Highlands 8th Edition. London: Bacon (G.W.) & Co, 1970. Print. (ISBN 10-0717945006).
    10. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry Including American Families with British Ancestry 2 Volumes. London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
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    The Glass Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Glass 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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