The name Gledhills has a long Anglo-Saxon
heritage. The name 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."
Early Origins of the Gledhills family
The surname Gledhills 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" CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Gledhills family
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Gledhills 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 Gledhills have been found, including Gledall, Gledhill, Gladhill, Gladhall and others.
Early Notables of the Gledhills family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Gledhills family to the New World and Oceana
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 Gledhills, 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..