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The name Gledhill is an old Anglo-Saxon name. It comes from when a 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." [1]

Early Origins of the Gledhill family

The surname Gledhill 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" [2]

Early History of the Gledhill family

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Gledhill Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Gledhill were recorded, including Gledall, Gledhill, Gladhill, Gladhall, Glanville and others.

Early Notables of the Gledhill family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Samuel Gledhill (1677-1735), lieutenant-governor of Placentia, Newfoundland from 1719-c.1730. Born at Horbury, near Wakefieid, Yorkshire, he was the youngest of the 13 children of Robert Gledhill, a cloth-dresser and educated at Wakefield Grammar School. He joined the navy but was kidnapped in Spain to be sold as a slave in the West Indies. After gaining his freedom he made his way to Spain and was commissioned a...
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Gledhill Ranking

In the United States, the name Gledhill is the 18,687th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [3]


United States Gledhill migration to the United States +

To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Gledhill family emigrate to North America:

Gledhill Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Gledhill, who landed in America in 1809 [4]
  • Frances Gledhill, aged 22, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1812 [4]
  • Henry and James Gledhill, who settled in Philadelphia in 1834
  • George Gledhill who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1852
  • Travis Gledhill, who settled in Philadelphia in 1864

Australia Gledhill migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Gledhill Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. William Gledhill, English convict who was convicted in Leeds, Yorkshire, England for life, transported aboard the "Chapman" on 6th April 1824, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [5]
  • Mr. John Gledhill, English convict who was convicted in West Riding, Yorkshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Augusta Jessie" on 27 September 1834, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [6]
  • Mr. James Gledhill, English convict who was convicted in Chester, Cheshire, England for 10 years, transported aboard the "Emerald Isle" on 28th June 1843, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [7]
  • Mr. Robert Gledhill who was convicted in Salford, Greater Manchester (Lancaster), England for 10 years, transported aboard the "David Malcolm" on 13th May 1845, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) and Norfolk Island [8]
  • Joseph Gledhill, English convict from York, who was transported aboard the "Adelaide" on August 08, 1849, settling in Van Diemen's Land and Port Phillip, Australia [9]
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New Zealand Gledhill migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Gledhill Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Ellen Gledhill, aged 28, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Prince of Wales" in 1842
  • Susanna Gledhill, aged 8, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Prince of Wales" in 1842
  • Elizabeth Gledhill, aged 7, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Prince of Wales" in 1842
  • Mr. George Gledhill, British settler travelling from Liverpool aboard the ship 'Mermaid' arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 19th October 1859 [10]
  • Edward Gledhill, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Merrington" in 1867
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Contemporary Notables of the name Gledhill (post 1700) +

  • Keith Gledhill (1909-1999), American tennis champion
  • William H. Gledhill, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from New York County 11th District, 1896-97 [11]
  • Reuben L. Gledhill, American Republican politician, Member of New York State Senate 4th District, 1909-10; Defeated, 1910 [11]
  • Henry W. Gledhill, American politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Passaic County, 1896-98 [11]
  • Frank Gledhill, American politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Passaic County, 1892-93 [11]
  • Eli Gledhill, American Republican politician, First Selectman of Stonington, Connecticut, 1904; Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Stonington; Elected 1906 [11]
  • Jonathan Michael Gledhill (1949-2021), English Anglican clergyman, Bishop of Southampton from 1996 to 2003, and the Bishop of Lichfield from 2003 to 2015
  • Oliver Gledhill (b. 1966), English cellist
  • Ben Gledhill (b. 1989), English rugby league footballer
  • Ruth Gledhill (b. 1959), English journalist, religion correspondent for The Times
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HMS Hood
  • Mr. James E Gledhill (b. 1918), English Corporal serving for the Royal Marine from Keighley, Yorkshire, England, who sailed into battle and died in the HMS Hood sinking [12]


  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  4. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  5. ^ Convict Records of Australia (Retreived 26th January 2021, retreived from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/chapman)
  6. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 14th August 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/augusta-jessie
  7. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 25th March 2022). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/emerald-isle)
  8. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 21st June 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/david-malcolm
  9. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 17) Adelaide voyage to Van Diemen's Land and Port Phillip, Australia in 1849 with 303 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/adelaide/1849
  10. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  11. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 26) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  12. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm


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