Glenn History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Glenn family

The surname Glenn 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.

Early History of the Glenn family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Glenn research. Another 87 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1377, 1386, 1422, 1665, 1732, 1683, 1687, 1685, 1692, 1694, 1705, 1732 and are included under the topic Early Glenn History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Glenn Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Glenn family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family name during their early history was Andrew Glen (1665-1732), English botanist who graduated B.A. from Jesus College, Cambridge, in 1683, and M.A. in 1687. " In 1685 he formed an herbarium of seven hundred native and two hundred foreign plants, the latter collected on the continent. He afterwards travelled...
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Ireland Migration of the Glenn family to Ireland

Some of the Glenn family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 60 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Glenn migration to the United States +

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 [1]
  • John Glenn, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1812 [1]
  • William Glenn, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1814 [1]
  • Simon Glenn, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1817 [1]
  • Agnes Glenn, who settled in Portsmouth or Norfolk, VA in 1820
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Glenn migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Glenn Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Patrick Glenn, aged 40 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Larch" departing from the port of Sligo, Ireland but died on Grosse Isle in August 1847 [2]
  • John Glenn (1833-1886), Irish immigrant to Canada, the first documented European to settle in the Calgary, Alberta in 1873 with his wife Adelaide (née Belcourt), together they built a small log cabin in what is now Fish Creek Provincial Park

Australia Glenn migration to Australia +

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

Glenn Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Charles Glenn, English convict who was convicted in Warwick, Warwickshire, England for 14 years, transported aboard the "Aurora" on 18th June 1835, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [3]
  • William Glenn, aged 19, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Constance" [4]
  • Mary Glenn, English convict from Lincoln, who was transported aboard the "Anna Maria" on October 4, 1851, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [5]
  • Samuel Glenn, aged 42, a gardener, who arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Calabar" [6]
  • Bridget Glenn, aged 31, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Epaminondas" [7]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Glenn 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:

Glenn Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Thomas Glenn, British settler arriving as Detachment of the Royal New Zealand Fencibles travelling aboard the ship "Sir Robert Sale" from Gravesend via Cork arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 11th October 1847 [8]
  • Mrs. Ellen Glenn Née Conley, British settler travelling aboard the ship "Sir Robert Sale" from Gravesend via Cork arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 11th October 1847 [8]
  • Miss Mary Glenn, (b. 1844), aged 21, British domestic servant travelling from London aboard the ship 'Mermaid' arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 1st January 1866 [9]
  • Mr. Robert Glenn, (b. 1848), aged 26, Irish miller from Derry travelling from London aboard the ship "Tweed" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 4th September 1874 [8]

Contemporary Notables of the name Glenn (post 1700) +

  • Colonel (USMC, Ret.) John Herschel Glenn Jr. (1921-2016), first American astronaut to orbit the earth and the oldest person to have entered orbit, having flown into space in 1998 aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery mission STS-95 at age 77, United States Senator for Ohio (1975-1999), and eponym of Glenn Research Center [10]
  • Anna Margaret Glenn (1920-2020), née Castor, an American advocate for people with disabilities and communication disorders, widow of former astronaut and Senator John Glenn
  • Terry Tyree Glenn (1974-2017), American professional NFL football wide receiver who played from 1996 to 2007; he died from a vehicle accident at the age of 47
  • John Glenn (b. 1928), American Major League Baseball outfielder who played 32 games for the St. Louis Cardinals in 1960
  • John W. Glenn (1850-1888), American Major League Baseball player who played from 1871 to 1877
  • John Thomas Glenn (1844-1899), American politician, 31st Mayor of Atlanta from 1889 to 1891
  • John Lyles Glenn Jr. (1892-1938), American jurist, Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of South Carolina (1929-1938)
  • John Glenn (1795-1853), American jurist, Judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland (1852-1853)
  • John Patrick Glenn, American screenwriter, producer, and director
  • Theodore Scott Glenn (b. 1941), American actor, known for his roles in Urban Cowboy (1980), The Right Stuff (1983), The River (1984), The Hunt for Red October (1990), The Silence of the Lambs (1991), The Bourne Ultimatum (2007) and many more [11]
  • ... (Another 6 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Hood
  • Mr. Robert Glenn (b. 1909), Irish Stoker Petty Officer serving for the Royal Navy from Ballingstraid, Ballycastle, County Antrim, Ireland, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [12]
USS Arizona
  • Mr. Richard C. Glenn, American Ensign working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he survived the sinking [13]


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 30)
  3. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 20th August 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/aurora
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CONSTANCE 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Constance.htm
  5. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anna Maria voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1851 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/anna-maria/1851
  6. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 2nd August 1853. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Calabar 1853. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/williamstuart1853.shtml.
  7. ^ South Australian Register Monday 26th December 1853. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Epaminondas 1853. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/epaminondas1853.shtml.
  8. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  9. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  10. ^ NASA Astronauts Homepage. (Retrieved 2010, September 27) John Glenn. Retrieved from http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/glenn-j.html
  11. ^ Theodore Glenn. (Retrieved 2011, January 19) Theodore Glenn. Retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scott_Glenn
  12. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm
  13. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html


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