Gleedell History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The origins of the Gleedell name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It comes from 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 Gleedell family

The surname Gleedell 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" [1]

Early History of the Gleedell family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gleedell research. Another 96 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 160 and 1600 are included under the topic Early Gleedell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Gleedell 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 Gleedell were recorded, including Gledall, Gledhill, Gladhill, Gladhall and others.

Early Notables of the Gleedell family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Gleedell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Gleedell family

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 Gleedell family emigrate to 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..



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.


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