Glendenning History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Glendenning surname was taken on from the place name Glendonwyne, a parish of Westerkirk, Dumfriesshire, on record since the 13th century. [1] [2] The name literally means "one who came from Glendinning (glen of the fair hill)." [3]

Early Origins of the Glendenning family

The surname Glendenning was first found in Dumfriesshire. "Douglas (Baronage) states that a charter was granted by John Macgill of that Ilk (de eodem) to Adam de Glendonwyn of all his part of the lands and beronies of Clifton and Merbotel in the shire of Roxburgh prior to 1286." [4]

Continuing from this source: "In 1313 Sir Adam obtained a discharge of all bygone feu-duties from Archibald Douglas, lord of Galloway, and in 1398 John of Glendonwyne and Symoun of Glendonwyne were two of the 'borowis' for the earl of Douglas's bounds of the West March, and Symon of Glendonwyn was hostage for Archibald, Earl of Douglas, 1408." [4]

Early History of the Glendenning family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Glendenning research. Another 253 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1250, 1408, 1450, 1467, 1451, 1239, 1504, 1587, 1599, 1667, 1720, 1798, 1408, 1387, 1388, 1401 and are included under the topic Early Glendenning History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Glendenning Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Glendinning, Glendowyn, Glendowyne, Glendonyn, Glendonwyn, Glendening, Glendon, Glenden, Glendin, Glendining, Glendinnin, Glendyning, Glendounn, Clendenning, Clendinning and many more.

Early Notables of the Glendenning family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family at this time was Matthew de Glendonwyn (d. 1408), late 14th and early 15th century bishop of Glasgow, elected to the see after the death of Cardinal Walter Wardlaw, his predecessor as bishop, elected sometime between Wardlaw's death in September and Matthew's first appearance as bishop-elect in December, consecrated some months after his election...
Another 58 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Glendenning Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Glendenning family to Ireland

Some of the Glendenning family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 67 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Glendenning migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Glendenning Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • David Glendenning, who settled in Virginia in 1756
Glendenning Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • James Glendenning who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1856
  • Albert Glendenning, aged 25, who settled in America from Londonderry, in 1894
  • James Glendenning, aged 38, who immigrated to the United States from Tampico, in 1897
Glendenning Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Elizabeth Glendenning, aged 18, who immigrated to the United States from Derry, Ireland, in 1908
  • Henry Glendenning, aged 47, who settled in America from Northwich, England, in 1910
  • Jessie Glendenning, aged 26, who landed in America from Portsmouth, England, in 1911
  • John W. Glendenning, aged 27, who landed in America from Portsmouth, England, in 1911
  • Mary Glendenning, aged 30, who immigrated to the United States from Pettigo, Ireland, in 1911
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Glendenning migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Glendenning Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Clarence Glendenning, aged 23, who immigrated to Saskatchewan, Canada, in 1913

Australia Glendenning migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Glendenning Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Edward Glendenning, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Harpley" in 1849 [5]
  • John Glendenning, aged 38, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Omega" [6]

New Zealand Glendenning migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Glendenning Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Joseph Glendenning, British shepherd travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Mystery" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 29th March 1859 [7]

Contemporary Notables of the name Glendenning (post 1700) +

  • Roy Glendenning, American politician, Supervisor of Hartland Township, Michigan, 1938 [8]
  • James R. Glendenning, American Republican politician, Candidate for West Virginia State House of Delegates 4th District, 1992 [8]
  • Howard A. Glendenning, American Republican politician, Candidate for West Virginia State House of Delegates from Marshall County, 1972 [8]
  • William Glendenning, Australian butcher in the early 1900s, eponym of Glendenning, New South Wales
  • Candace Glendenning (b. 1953), English actress
  • John Murray Glendenning (1872-1962), Canadian politician in Alberta
  • Robert "Bob" Glendenning (1888-1940), English professional footballer
  • Raymond Glendenning (1907-1974), BBC radio sports commentator
  • David Glendenning Cogan (1908-1993), American ophthalmologist, first described "Cogan syndrome"
  • Glover Glendenning Toole, American politician, Mayor of Macon, Georgia, 1918-21, 1930-33 [9]


  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Barber, Henry, British Family Names London: Elliot Stock, 62 Paternoster Row, 1894. Print.
  3. ^ Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York, Harper & Row, 1956. Print
  4. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HARPLEY 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Harpley.htm
  6. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) OMEGA 1852. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/omega1852.shtml
  7. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  8. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 26) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  9. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 28) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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