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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.

Glassey Early Origins



The surname Glassey 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.

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Glassey Spelling Variations


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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.

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Glassey Early History


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Glassey Early History



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

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Glassey Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Glassey Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Glassey In Ireland


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Glassey In Ireland



Some of the Glassey 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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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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
  • Robert Glassey, who arrived in New York, NY in 1816

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Contemporary Notables of the name Glassey (post 1700)


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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
  • 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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Motto


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


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    2. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    3. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    4. Bloxham, Ben. Key to Parochial Registers of Scotland From Earliest Times Through 1854 2nd edition. Provo, UT: Stevenson's Genealogical Center, 1979. Print.
    5. Martine, Roddy, Roderick Martine and Don Pottinger. Scottish Clan and Family Names Their Arms, Origins and Tartans. Edinburgh: Mainstream, 1992. Print.
    6. Black, George F. The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3).
    7. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
    8. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    9. Prebble, John. The Highland Clearances. London: Secker & Warburg, 1963. Print.
    10. 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.
    11. ...

    The Glassey Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Glassey 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.

    This page was last modified on 22 December 2016 at 03:25.

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