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Many Irish names are merely English translations of Gaelic names. The name Gleeson was a translation of the Gaelic name O Glasain or O Gliasain.

Gleeson Early Origins



The surname Gleeson 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.

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Gleeson Spelling Variations


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Gleeson Spelling Variations



Pronunciation, rather than spelling, was what guided scribes and church officials in recording names, a practice that often led to the misleading result of one person's name being recorded under several different spellings. Numerous spelling variations of the surname Gleeson are preserved in documents that were examined for evidence of the family's history. The various spellings of Gleeson included Gleason, Gleeson, Glissane, Gleasone, Gleesone, Glissaun, Gleasaune, Glissen and many more.

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Gleeson Early History


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Gleeson Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gleeson research. Another 205 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1599 and 1677 are included under the topic Early Gleeson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Gleeson Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Gleeson Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 24 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gleeson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



The 19th century brought a massive reduction in Ireland's population. It seemed that during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s the Irish people had two options: starve or immigrate. Those that chose the later frequently headed for the United States, hopeful for land, work, and equality. Those determined for free land joined the migration west; while others stayed behind to live in urban centers and often work in factories. Still others began a transitory life in work camps, building the bridges, canals, railways, and highways so critical to the rapidly development of the growing industrial nation. Early passenger and immigration lists have shown many early immigrants bearing the name Gleeson:

Gleeson Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Eledia Gleeson, who arrived in Virginia in 1714

Gleeson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Johanna Gleeson, who landed in New York in 1847
  • Martin Gleeson settled in New York in 1850
  • Thomas Gleeson, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1852

Gleeson Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • James Gleeson was a fisherman of St. John's, Newfoundland in 1774 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0

Gleeson Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Margaret Gleeson, from Kilkenny, settled and was married in St. John's, Newfoundland in 1803 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  • James Gleeson, aged 22, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "Ward" from Limerick, Ireland
  • John Gleeson, aged 26, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "Ward" from Limerick, Ireland
  • Mary Gleeson, aged 20, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "Ward" from Limerick, Ireland
  • Margaret Gleeson, aged 18, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "Ward" from Limerick, Ireland
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Gleeson Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Martin Gleeson, aged 24, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Constance"
  • Mary Gleeson, aged 24, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Emerald Isle"
  • Mary Gleeson, aged 17, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Lord of the Isles"
  • Dennis Gleeson, aged 24, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Sea Park"
  • Bridget Gleeson, aged 21, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Sea Park"
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Gleeson Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Matilda Gleeson arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "John Masterman" in 1857
  • Clare Gleeson arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "John Masterman" in 1857
  • Philip Gleeson, aged 27, a labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Reiherstieg" in 1864
  • Ann Gleeson, aged 25, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Reiherstieg" in 1864
  • Charlotte Gleeson, aged 6 weeks, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Reiherstieg" in 1864
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Gleeson (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Gleeson (post 1700)



  • William Andrew Gleeson (1876-1967), American Democrat politician, Railway station agent; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Vermont, 1928, 1944
  • Sara Jane Gleeson (1877-1971), American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Vermont, 1928, 1944
  • Jacob Gleeson, American Democrat politician, Contractor; Candidate for Michigan State Senate 20th District, 1952, 1954, 1956
  • Gerald A. Gleeson, American politician, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 1940-53
  • Edward W. Gleeson, American Republican politician, Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives from Wayne County 1st District, 1940
  • Brendan Gleeson (b. 1955), Emmy award-winning Irish actor
  • Irene Gleeson AO (1944-2013), Australian humanitarian
  • Libby Gleeson (b. 1950), Australian children's author
  • James William Gleeson (1920-2000), Australian clergyman, sixth Archbishop of Adelaide, eponym of Gleeson College
  • Seán Gleeson, English actor and director
  • ... (Another 4 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Gleeson Historic Events


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Gleeson Historic Events




HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Thomas Gleeson, British Joiner 4th Class, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

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Gleeson Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0

Other References

  1. Hickey, D.J. and J.E. Doherty. A New Dictionary of Irish History form 1800 2nd Edition. Dublin: Gil & MacMillian, 2003. Print.
  2. Heraldic Scroll and Map of Family names and Origins of Ireland. Dublin: Mullins. Print.
  3. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
  4. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  5. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  6. O'Hart, John. Irish Pedigress 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4).
  7. Woulfe, Rev. Patrick. Irish Names and Surnames Collected and Edited with Explanatory and Historical Notes. Kansas City: Genealogical Foundation, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-940134-403).
  8. Grehan, Ida. Dictionary of Irish Family Names. Boulder: Roberts Rinehart, 1997. Print. (ISBN 1-57098-137-X).
  9. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  10. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  11. ...

The Gleeson Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gleeson Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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