Many Irish names are merely English translations of Gaelic names. The name Gleesomb was a translation of the Gaelic name O Glasain or O Gliasain.
Early Origins of the Gleesomb family
The surname Gleesomb was first found in County Tipperary
(Irish: Thiobraid Árann), established in the 13th century in South-central Ireland
, in the province of Munster
, where they held a family seat
from very ancient times.
Early History of the Gleesomb family
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Gleesomb Spelling Variations
Irish names were rarely spelled with much consistency during the Middle Ages. As the many spelling variations
of the name Gleesomb dating from that time attests: Gleason, Gleeson, Glissane, Gleasone, Gleesone, Glissaun, Gleasaune, Glissen and many more.
Early Notables of the Gleesomb family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Gleesomb family to the New World and Oceana
, as an English-controlled colony in the 19th century, suffered the loss of hundreds of thousands of its native people. The system of land ownership often did not sufficiently provide for the tenants who farmed the land. This was most clearly evidenced in the Great Potato Famine
of the 1840s. Previous years of great demand for grain products and livestock had run the land down. Many landowners foreseeing an upcoming crisis often removed families from the land or forced them to rely on pitifully small plots where only a subsistence living could be made. When the famines of 1845, 46, and 48 hit, many had nothing. Disease and starvation became widespread and families boarded ships for elsewhere any way they could. Those who went to America were instrumental in developing the industrial power known today: many Irish were employed in hard labor positions in factories and in building the bridges, canals, roads, and railways necessary for a strong industrial nation. Research of early immigration and passenger lists has shown that many bearers of the name Gleesomb: Thomas Gleason who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1762; followed by John in 1766; Nelly Gleeson settled in Canada in 1840; Martin Gleeson settled in New York in 1850.