Gleadhill History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestry of the name Gleadhill dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It comes from when the family lived in the region of Gledhill in the West Riding of Yorkshire. The name is a habitational name from the Old English gleoda which means "kite" and hyll which means "hill."

Early Origins of the Gleadhill family

The surname Gleadhill was first found in Yorkshire near Halifax where they held a family seat as Lords of the manor of Gledhill from very ancient times. Barkisland in the West Riding of Yorkshire was home to another branch of the family but has since been lost. "Barkisland Hall, the ancient seat of the Gledhill family, is a stately mansion in the old English style of domestic architecture, and has long been the property of the Bolds of Bold Hall, Lancashire. The grammar school here, an ancient structure, was endowed in 1657 with £200 by Mrs. Sarah Gledhill" [1]

Important Dates for the Gleadhill family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gleadhill research. Another 96 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 160 and 1600 are included under the topic Early Gleadhill History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Gleadhill Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Gleadhill have been found, including Gledall, Gledhill, Gladhill, Gladhall and others.

Early Notables of the Gleadhill family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Gleadhill family

Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Gleadhill, or a variant listed above: George Gledhill who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1852; Henry and James Gledhill settled in Philadelphia in 1834; Travis Gledhill settled in Philadelphia in 1864..

Citations

  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
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