The name Gledwill is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. It is a product of 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 Gledwill family
The surname Gledwill 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 Gledwill family
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Gledwill Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Gledwill has been spelled many different ways, including Gledall, Gledhill, Gladhill, Gladhall and others.
Early Notables of the Gledwill family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Gledwill family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Gledwills to arrive in North America: 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..