Gleaves History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Early Origins of the Gleaves family
The surname Gleaves 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,  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 Gleaves family
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Gleaves 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 Gleaves family (pre 1700)
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In the United States, the name Gleaves is the 15,192nd most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. 
Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:
Gleaves Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century