Origins Available: German, Scottish
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.
Early Origins of the Glasse family
Buteshire (Gaelic Siorrachd Bhòid), an island region of western Scotland within the ancient Kingdom of Dál 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.
Early History of the Glasse family
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Glasse Spelling Variations
Spelling variations were extremely common in medieval names, since scribes from that era recorded names according to sound rather than a standard set of rules. Glasse has appeared in various documents spelled Glass, Glas, MacGilleglas, Glasse and others.
Early Notables of the Glasse family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Glasse family to Ireland
Some of the Glasse family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Glasse family to the New World and Oceana
Descendents of Dalriadan-Scottish families still populate many communities across North America. They are particularly common in Canada, since many went north as United Empire Loyalists at the time of the American War of Independence. Much later, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the highland games and Clan societies that now dot North America sprang up, allowing many Scots to recover their lost national heritage. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Glasse, or a variant listed above:
Glasse Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Glasse Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Glasse Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
The Glasse Motto
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 Translation: I struggle, but am not overwhelmed.
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