Glassey History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The ancient Dalriadan-Scottish name Glassey is 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.

Early Origins of the Glassey family

The surname Glassey was first found in 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.

Important Dates for the Glassey family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Glassey research. Another 67 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Glassey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Glassey Spelling Variations

In the Middle Ages, the translation between Gaelic and English was not a highly developed process. Spelling was not yet standardized, and so, an enormous number of spelling variations appear in records of early Scottish names. Glassey has appeared as Glass, Glas, MacGilleglas, Glasse and others.

Early Notables of the Glassey family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Glassey family to Ireland

Some of the Glassey family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 60 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Glassey migration to the United States

The descendants of the Dalriadan families who made the great crossing of the Atlantic still dot communities along the east coast of the United States and Canada. In the American War of Independence, many of the settlers traveled north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Clan societies and highland games have allowed Canadian and American families of Scottish descent to recover much of their lost heritage. Investigation of the origins of family names on the North American continent has revealed that early immigrants bearing the name Glassey or a variant listed above include:

Glassey Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Matthew Glassey, who arrived in New York, NY in 1816 [1]
  • Robert Glassey, who arrived in New York, NY in 1816 [1]

Glassey migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Glassey Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Miss Sarah A. Glassey, (b. 1841), aged 22, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Huntress" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 21st April 1863 [2]
  • Miss Tabitha Glassey, (b. 1846), aged 19, British domestic servant travelling from London aboard the ship "Eastern Empire" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 4th January 1865 [2]
  • Miss Ellen Glassey, (b. 1848), aged 17, British domestic servant travelling from London aboard the ship "Eastern Empire" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 4th January 1865 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Glassey (post 1700)

  • Frank P. S. Glassey, American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Helsingfors, 1922-25; Prague, 1926-29 [3]
  • Robert John "Bob" Glassey (1914-1984), English footballer from Chester-le-Street, England
  • Alec Ewart Glassey (1887-1970), British Liberal politician, Member of the United Kingdom Parliament for East Dorset (1929-1931)
  • Thomas Glassey (1844-1936), Irish-born Australian politician, Senator for Queensland (1901-1903)

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Citations

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 26) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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