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An excerpt from www.HouseOfNames.com archives copyright 2000 - 2016


Glaze is a name that was formed by the Anglo-Saxon society of old Britain. The name was thought to have been used for someone who once worked as 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.

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Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Glaze include Glazier, Glazer, Glasier and others.

First found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat from very early times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Glaze research. Another 257 words (18 lines of text) covering the year 1379 is included under the topic Early Glaze History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Glaze Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Glaze family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 119 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Glaze were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

Glaze Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • William Glaze, aged 33, landed in New York in 1812
  • Frances Glaze, aged 21, who settled in America, in 1895
  • John Glaze, aged 58, who emigrated to the United States, in 1895
  • Marguerite Glaze, aged 28, who emigrated to America from Southampton, in 1897
  • Paul Glaze, aged 37, who emigrated to the United States from Southampton, in 1897

Glaze Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Martha L Glaze, aged 39, who landed in America from Bury, England, in 1907
  • Lewis Glaze, aged 24, who landed in America from Wesnesbury, England, in 1907
  • Horace Glaze, aged 31, who emigrated to the United States from England, in 1907
  • Annie Glaze, aged 11, who landed in America from Bury, England, in 1907
  • George I. Glaze, aged 51, who landed in America, in 1909


Glaze Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century


  • Eliza Glaze, aged 34, who settled in Vancouver, B.C., in 1913

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  • Andrew Glaze (1920-2016), American poet, playwright and novelist
  • Terrence Lee Glaze (b. 1964), singer most well known for his work in American heavy metal band Pantera
  • Daniel Ralph Glaze (1882-1968), American pitcher in Major League Baseball
  • Isaac Glaze, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 1876
  • Edward S. Glaze, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Texas, 1912
  • E. F. Glaze, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Texas 9th District, 1926; Delegate to Republican National Convention from Texas, 1928
  • Bob D. Glaze, American Democrat politician, Member of Texas State House of Representatives 5th District; Elected 1992, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2000; Defeated, 2002, 2004
  • Peter Glaze (1924-1983), English comedian


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

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