Glenny History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the first family to use the name Glenny lived among the Dalriadan people of ancient Scotland. The name Glenny 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 Glenny family

The surname Glenny 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 Glenny family

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Glenny Spelling Variations

Spelling variations are a very common occurrence in records of early Scottish names. They result from the repeated and inaccurate translations that many names went through in the course of various English occupations of Scotland. Glenny has been spelled Glennie, Gleny, Glen, Glenney, Glenning, Glenny and many more.

Early Notables of the Glenny family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Glenny family to Ireland

Some of the Glenny 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 Glenny migration to the United States +

These settlers arrived in North America at a time when the east was burgeoning with prosperous colonies and the expanses of the west were just being opened up. The American War of Independence was also imminent. Some Scots stayed to fight for a new country, while others who remained loyal went north as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of them went on to rediscover their heritage in the 20th century through highland games and other patriotic Scottish events. The Glenny were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

Glenny Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Glenny, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1736 [1]
  • William Glenny, aged 13, who arrived in New York, NY in 1795 [1]
Glenny Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John and William Glenny, who arrived in New Orleans in 1823
  • George Glenny, who arrived in New York, NY in 1837 [1]
  • Alexander Glenny, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1876
  • Annie Glenny, aged 36, who settled in America, in 1894
  • Emily Glenny, aged 7, who landed in America, in 1894
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Glenny Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • John Walter Glenny, who immigrated to the United States, in 1905
  • David Glenny, aged 26, who immigrated to America from Greenock, Scotland, in 1908
  • David Glenny, aged 1, who landed in America from Rothesay, Scotland, in 1910
  • David Glenny, aged 2, who landed in America from Airdrie, Scotland, in 1910
  • Bella Glenny, aged 29, who landed in America from Airdrie, Scotland, in 1910
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Glenny migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Glenny Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Miss. Mary Jane Glenny, aged 8 months who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Eliza Caroline" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle on 6th June 1847 [2]
  • Ms. Eliza Glenny, aged 25 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Dykes" departing 23rd April 1847 from Sligo, Ireland ; the ship arrived on 10th June 1847 but she died on board [3]
  • Miss. Mary J. Glenny who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Eliza Caroline" departing 3rd May 1847 from Liverpool, England; the ship arrived on 14th June 1847 but she died on board [3]
  • Mr. William Glenny, aged 2 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Eliza Caroline" departing 3rd May 1847 from Liverpool, England; the ship arrived on 14th June 1847 but he died on board [3]

Australia Glenny migration to Australia +

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

Glenny Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Isaac Glenny, aged 22, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Florentia" [4]

New Zealand Glenny 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:

Glenny Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Glenny, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Josephine Willis" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 5th February 1855 [5]
  • Mrs. Glenny, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Josephine Willis" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 5th February 1855 [5]
  • Mr. George Glenny, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "John Scott" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 7th March 1858 [5]
  • Mrs. Frances Glenny, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "John Scott" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 7th March 1858 [5]
  • Mrs. Maria Glenny, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "John Scott" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 7th March 1858 [5]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Glenny (post 1700) +

  • William R. Glenny, American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Newry, 1844-48 [6]
  • William Glenny, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Ithaca, New York, 1867-71 [6]
  • Arthur W. H. Glenny, American politician, U.S. Consular Agent in Beira, 1904-06 [6]
  • Henry John Glenny, English tailor and co-founder of Thresher & Glenny, one of the world's oldest surviving tailors, shirt makers and outfitters; he became partner in 1901
  • Alexander Thomas Glenny (1882-1965), British immunologist who worked on immunizations and antitoxins against diseases, elected Fellow of the Royal Society in 1944
  • Misha Glenny (b. 1958), British journalist, son of Michael Glenny
  • Michael Valentine Glenny (1927-1990), British lecturer in Russian studies and translator of Russian literature into English


  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. ^ 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. 77)
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) FLORENTIA 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Florentia.htm
  5. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  6. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 16) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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