The ancestors of the Gleanvile family brought their name to England
in the wave of migration after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. They lived in Suffolk
. The name however, is not a reference to this place, but to the family's place of residence sometime prior to the Norman Conquest
in 1066, Glanville, near Calvados, Normandy
The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
Early Origins of the Gleanvile family
The surname Gleanvile was first found in Suffolk
. Bromeholme in the parish of Bacton in Norfolk
was an ancient family seat
established shortly after the Norman Conquest
. "A priory for Cluniac monks, dedicated to St. Andrew, was founded in 1113, by William de Glanvill, and for some time subsisted as a cell to the monastery at Castle Acre." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Again in Suffolk
, but this time in Leiston, Ranulph de Glanville endowed the monastery there in honour of the Virgin Mary in 1182.
Early History of the Gleanvile family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gleanvile research.Another 205 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1542, 1600, 1586, 1661, 1614, 1644, 1664 and 1735 are included under the topic Early Gleanvile History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Gleanvile Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Gleanvile were recorded, including Glanfield, Glanville, Glenville and others.
Early Notables of the Gleanvile family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Glanfield, the Earl of Suffolk; Sir John Glanville, the elder (1542-1600), born in Tavistock, an English Member of Parliament and judge; Sir John Glanville the younger (1586-1661), an... Another 35 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gleanvile Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Gleanvile family to the New World and Oceana
The unstable environment in England
at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland
, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Gleanvile arrived in North America very early: John Glamfield who settled in Virginia in 1654; who later correctly spelled his name Glanfield.