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The surname Glen was first found in Peebles-shire where they held a family seat from early times. The Glen family name is derived from the ancient word "glean" meaning a small valley. The name was first found in the lands of Glen in the parish of Traquair in Peeblesshire, Scotland. The Chief of the family, Colban, received his lands of Quilte in a legacy from the Queen, which was later confirmed by Robert the Bruce in the following year, 1329.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Glen, Glenn, Glenne and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Glen research. Another 156 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1377, 1386, and 1422 are included under the topic Early Glen History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Glen family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 216 words (15 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Glen Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Sander Glen purchased land in New York in 1639
  • Sander Leedertsz Glen, who landed in New York, NY in 1639
  • Sander Leenaerls Glen, who arrived in New Netherland(s) in 1639
  • Sander Leenaerts Glen, who landed in New Netherland(s) in 1639
  • Sander Leendertse Glen, who arrived in New York in 1639


Glen Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • William Glen, who arrived in Maryland in 1707-1708
  • Archibald Glen, who arrived in Georgia in 1738
  • Jane Glen, who arrived in South Carolina in 1743
  • Alexander Glen, aged 36, arrived in New York in 1774
  • John Glen, who landed in America in 1795

Glen Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Margt Glen, who arrived in America in 1805
  • Jean Glen, who landed in America in 1805
  • Jeany Glen, who arrived in America in 1805
  • Jennet Glen, who landed in America in 1805
  • Wm Glen, who arrived in America in 1805


Glen Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Joseph Glen, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1775

Glen Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • James Glen, aged 25, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1834 aboard the brig "Breeze" from Dublin
  • Taddy Glen, aged 22, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1834 aboard the brig "Breeze" from Dublin
  • Rose Glen, aged 18, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1834 aboard the brig "Breeze" from Dublin
  • Matthew Glen, aged 22, arrived in St. John aboard the ship "Protector" in 1834

Glen Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • John Glen arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "katherine Stewart Forbes" in 1839
  • Hannah Glen, aged 24, a needlewoman, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Telegraph"

Glen Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Joseph A. Glen arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Gertrude" in 1863
  • Francis G. Glen, aged 20, a farm labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen of Nations" in 1874
  • Thomas Glen, aged 25, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Hurunui" in 1877

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  • John Glen (1809-1895), American politician, Mayor of Atlanta, Georgia (1855-1856)
  • John Glen, American politician, Village President of Round Lake Beach, Illinois, 1960-69
  • John Glen (1809-1895), American politician, Mayor of Atlanta, Georgia, 1855-56
  • John Glen, American politician, Mayor of Savannah, Georgia, 1797-98
  • Henry Glen (1739-1814), American politician, Representative from New York 8th District, 1793-1801
  • Harry M. Glen, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Seneca County, 1894-95, 1897
  • George R. Glen, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Utah, 1936
  • Marla Glen (b. 1960), American jazz singer
  • John Glen (b. 1932), English film director, best known for his work on eight James Bond films from the 1960s to the 1980s
  • Sir Alexander "Sandy" Richard Glen KBE, DSC (1912-2004), Scottish explorer of the Arctic

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The Glen Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Glen 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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