Show ContentsGlew History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The distinguished surname Glew is of ancient Anglo-Saxon origin. It is derived from the Old English "cloh," meaning "ravine" or "steep-sided valley," and was first used to refer to a "dweller in the hollow." [1]

Early Origins of the Glew family

The surname Glew was first found in Denbighshire, where the most prominent branch of the family held a family seat from the 13th century. [2]

"The Cloughs of Plas Clough [Denbighshire] claim a Norman origin, from the Seigneurs de Rohan, and appeal to their name and arms for proof." [3]

By the 14th century the name was scattered throughout ancient Britain. The Lay Subsidy Rolls of 1332 listed Alicia del Clogh and Robert del Clogn in Lancashire. Later the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 listed Thomas del Clogh and Henricus de Cloghe. [4]

Exploring this last entry for Yorkshire, "the Cloughs belonged to an old gentle family of Thorp Stapleton, a member of which was a justice of the peace in the reign of James I. [Crabley] Clough is a West Riding hamlet." [5]

Early History of the Glew family

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Glew Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Glew are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Glew include Clough, Cluf, Cluffe, Cluff, Cloughe, Clow, De Clue and many more.

Early Notables of the Glew family

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Richard Clough (d. 1570), Welsh "merchant and factor for Sir Thomas Gresham, came of a family which had been long seated in North Wales. His father, Richard Clough, was of...
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United States Glew migration to the United States +

Faced with the chaos present in England at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia and Ireland in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Glew, or a variant listed above:

Glew Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Thomas Glew, who landed in Virginia in 1664 [6]
Glew Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Mary A. Glew, aged 55, who settled in America from London, in 1897
Glew Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Albert Edward Glew, aged 19, who settled in America from Hull, England, in 1907
  • Frederick J.K Glew, aged 25, who immigrated to the United States from Manchester, England, in 1909
  • Ambrose H. Glew, aged 23, who immigrated to the United States from Soole, England, in 1910
  • Ernest Glew, aged 32, who immigrated to America from Sutten in Ashfield, England, in 1912
  • Florence Glew, aged 26, who landed in America from Dukenfield, England, in 1912
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Glew migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Glew Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Alfred Glew, aged 36, who immigrated to Verdun, Canada, in 1918

Australia Glew migration to Australia +

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

Glew Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

New Zealand Glew 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:

Glew Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Benjamin Glew, (b. 1845), aged 19, English farm labourer from Lincolnshire travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "William Miles" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 22nd October 1864 [8]

Contemporary Notables of the name Glew (post 1700) +

  • David "Skip" Glew, American assistant director, known for Strangers with Candy (1999), The Business of Strangers (2001) and Once in the Life (2000)
  • Chris Glew, American visual effects specialist, known for Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018), Star Wars: Episode VIII-The Last Jedi (2017) and Last Night in Soho (2021)
  • Daniel Glew, British producer, known for Who Needs Ibiza? The Great British Holiday (2014) and Joe Wicks: The Body Coach (2016)
  • Wayne Glew, Australian police officer and Senate candidate in Western Australia
  • Philip Glew (b. 1983), British auto racing driver who previously competed in the British Touring Car Championship and British GT Championship

The Glew Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Sine macula
Motto Translation: Without spot.

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  3. Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  4. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  5. Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  6. 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)
  7. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 14th July 2020). Retrieved from
  8. New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from on Facebook