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Early Origins of the Glaves family

The surname Glaves was first found in Cheshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book, 1 indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant of the lands of Highliegh who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086.

Early History of the Glaves family

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Glaves Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Gleave, Gleve, Gleyve, Gleffe, Glefe, Glive, Glieve, Gleive, Gleaves, Glave, Glaves and many more.

Early Notables of the Glaves family

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United States Glaves migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Glaves Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Glaves, aged 23, arrived in New York in 1892 aboard the ship "Etruria" from Liverpool, England 2
  • Mary Glaves, aged 22, arrived in New York in 1892 aboard the ship "Etruria" from Liverpool, England 2
Glaves Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Janez Glaves, aged 29, originally from Krain, arrived in New York in 1902 aboard the ship "Batavia" from Bremen, Germany 2

Australia Glaves migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Glaves Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Thomas Glaves, (b. 1792), aged 40, English labourer who was convicted in West Riding, Yorkshire, England for 7 years for stealing, transported aboard the "England"on 31st March 1832, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land), he died in 1866 3

Contemporary Notables of the name Glaves (post 1700) +

  • Jack Glaves, American Democratic Party politician, Kansas Democratic State Chair, 1962-64 4
  • Rory Glaves (b. 1982), Canadian lacrosse player and an assistant captain for the Edmonton Rush

  1. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. Ellis Island Search retrieved 15th November 2022. Retrieved from
  3. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 26th April 2022).
  4. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 26) . Retrieved from on Facebook