Show ContentsGlennie History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Glennie is a name that dates back to the kingdom of Dalriada in ancient Scotland. It was given to someone who lived in Gleney, or Glennie, in Braemar, Aberdeenshire. Glennie is a surname from the region around Aberdeen, and it was originally born by generations of tenant farmers in the districts of both Dee and Don. The surname Glennie, which was originally derived from Gaelic "gleann" which means "valley", was also given to someone who resided near a valley.

Early Origins of the Glennie family

The surname Glennie was first found in Aberdeenshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Obar Dheathain), a historic county, and present day Council Area of Aberdeen, located in the Grampian region of northeastern Scotland, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Early History of the Glennie family

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Glennie Spelling Variations

Spelling in the medieval era was a highly imprecise process. Translation, particularly from Gaelic to English, was little better. For these reasons, early Scottish names are rife with spelling variations. In various documents Glennie has been spelled Glennie, Gleny, Glen, Glenney, Glenning, Glenny and many more.

Early Notables of the Glennie family

Notable amongst the Clan from early times was

  • Sir David Glennie

Ireland Migration of the Glennie family to Ireland

Some of the Glennie family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Glennie migration to the United States +

Many of the ancestors of Dalriadan families who arrived in North America still live in communities along the east coast of Canada and the United States. In the American War of Independence many of the original settlers traveled north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries the ancestors of many Scots began recovering their collective national heritage through Clan societies, highland games, and other patriotic events. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Glennie or a variant listed above:

Glennie Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • James Glennie, aged 32, who immigrated to the United States from Liverpool, in 1906
  • Douglas J. Glennie, aged 28, who settled in America from London, England, in 1909
  • Annie Glennie, aged 24, who landed in America from Ballater, Scotland, in 1910
  • James Glennie, aged 37, who settled in America from Aberdeen, Scotland, in 1911
  • Alexander Glennie, aged 8, who settled in America from Aberdeen, Scotland, in 1913
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Glennie migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Glennie Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • George Glennie, aged 37, who settled in New Brunswick, Canada, in 1914
  • George G. Glennie, aged 39, who immigrated to Toronto, Canada, in 1916

Australia Glennie migration to Australia +

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

Glennie Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Henry Glennie, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Blundell" in 1851 1

New Zealand Glennie 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:

Glennie Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Alexander Glennie, British settler travelling from Liverpool aboard the ship "Tornado" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 26th September 1859 2

Contemporary Notables of the name Glennie (post 1700) +

  • George Glennie (b. 1902), American NFL football guard who played with the Racine Tornadoes during the 1926 NFL season
  • Philip J. Glennie, American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1940; Circuit Judge in Michigan 26th Circuit, 1953-77; Defeated, 1953; Appointed 1953 3
  • William Glennie (1761-1828), Scottish teacher to Lord Byron (1799-1801)
  • John Stuart Glennie (1841-1910), Scottish barrister, socialist and folklorist
  • Bobby Glennie (b. 1957), Scottish former footballer who played from 1977 to 1994 and managed Forfar Athletic from 1989 to 1990
  • Dame Evelyn Elizabeth Ann Glennie (b. 1965), Scottish virtuoso percussionist, recipient of many awards including Best Chamber Music Performance in the Grammy Awards of 1989 and others despite her being deaf since the age of 12
  • Brian "Blunt" Glennie (1946-2020), Canadian professional NHL ice hockey defenceman who played from 1969 until 1979 for the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Los Angeles Kings
  • John David Glennie (1825-1903), English clergyman and educationalist who played a single first-class cricket match for Cambridge University in 1848
  • Martin J. Glennie BSc, PhD,, British professor of immunochemistry at the University of Southampton, United Kingdom
  • The Reverend Benjamin Glennie (1812-1900), English-born, Australian Anglican clergyman in the Darling Downs, Queensland, son of William Glennie, Scottish teacher
  • ... (Another 9 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

  1. State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BLUNDELL 1851. Retrieved
  2. New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from
  3. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 16) . Retrieved from on Facebook