Glenon History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The original Gaelic form of Glenon was O Giollain, from the word "giolla," which means "lad."

Early Origins of the Glenon family

The surname Glenon was first found in County Donegal (Irish: Dún na nGall), northwest Ireland in the province of Ulster, sometimes referred to as County Tyrconnel, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Important Dates for the Glenon family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Glenon research. Another 59 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Glenon History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Glenon Spelling Variations

Because early scribes and church officials often spelled names as they sounded, a person could have many various spellings of his name.Many different spelling variations of the surname Glenon were found in the archives researched. These included Gillan, Gillinan, Gillen, Gillon, Gillfinan, Gillion and many more.

Early Notables of the Glenon family (pre 1700)

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Glenon 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:

Glenon Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • John Glenon, aged 32, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Martha Ridgway" in 1842
  • Mary Glenon, aged 34, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Martha Ridgway" in 1842
  • John Glenon, aged 4 mths., who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Martha Ridgway" in 1842
  • Catherine Glenon, aged 22, a servant, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Martha Ridgway" in 1842

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