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An excerpt from www.HouseOfNames.com archives copyright 2000 - 2016

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

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.


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

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Some of the Glenn 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:

Glenn Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • William Glenn, who landed in America in 1809
  • John Glenn, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1812
  • Simon Glenn, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1817
  • Agnes Glenn, who settled in Portsmouth or Norfolk, VA in 1820
  • Nikolaus Glenn, who landed in America in 1831


Glenn Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • William Glenn, aged 19, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Constance"
  • Mary Glenn, English convict from Lincoln, who was transported aboard the "Anna Maria" on October 4, 1851, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
  • Samuel Glenn, aged 42, a gardener, arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Calabar"
  • Bridget Glenn, aged 31, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Epaminondas"
  • Catherine Glenn, aged 22, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Epaminondas"


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  9. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  10. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
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The Glenn Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Glenn 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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