Show ContentsGlaysher History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient name of Glaysher finds its origins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It comes from a name for a person who worked as a glazier. The surname was originally derived from the Old English word glaes, which described a person who manufactured glass objects.

"The different forms of this name in the London Directory are Glaisher, Glaser, Glasier, Glaysher, Glazer, and Glazier. Other surnames from the manufacture of glass are Glasswright and Glassman." [1]

Early Origins of the Glaysher family

The surname Glaysher was first found in Yorkshire where Adam Glasere was the first listing of the family appearing in the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379. [1]

As a truly occupational name Thomas le glasyer was listed in Cornwall in 1297. Later, Robert le Glasiere was listed in the Subsidy Rolls for Essex in 1327. [2]

Early History of the Glaysher family

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Glaysher Spelling Variations

Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Glaysher family name include Glazier, Glazer, Glasier and others.

Early Notables of the Glaysher family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Glaysher family to Ireland

Some of the Glaysher family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Glaysher family

For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Glaysher surname or a spelling variation of the name include : John Glazier, who purchased land at Woburn, Massachusetts, about the year 1640; Conrad Glazier, who came to New York in 1847; and Anthony Glazier, who settled in Ohio in 1853..

  1. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X) on Facebook