Show ContentsGlidden History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Anglo-Saxon name Glidden comes from when the family resided in the region of Gledhill in the West Riding of Yorkshire. The name is a habitational name from the Old English gleoda which means "kite" and hyll which means "hill." [1]

Early Origins of the Glidden family

The surname Glidden was first found in Yorkshire near Halifax where they held a family seat as Lords of the manor of Gledhill from very ancient times.

Barkisland in the West Riding of Yorkshire was home to another branch of the family but has since been lost. "Barkisland Hall, the ancient seat of the Gledhill family, is a stately mansion in the old English style of domestic architecture, and has long been the property of the Bolds of Bold Hall, Lancashire. The grammar school here, an ancient structure, was endowed in 1657 with £200 by Mrs. Sarah Gledhill" [2]

Early History of the Glidden family

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Glidden Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore,spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Glidden has been recorded under many different variations, including Gledall, Gledhill, Gladhill, Gladhall, Glanville and others.

Early Notables of the Glidden family

Distinguished members of the family include Samuel Gledhill (1677-1735), lieutenant-governor of Placentia, Newfoundland from 1719-c.1730. Born at Horbury, near Wakefieid, Yorkshire, he was the youngest of the 13 children of Robert Gledhill, a cloth-dresser and educated at Wakefield Grammar School. He joined the navy but was kidnapped in Spain to be sold as a slave in the West Indies. After gaining his freedom he made his way to Spain and was commissioned a...
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Glidden Ranking

In the United States, the name Glidden is the 6,266th most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. [3]

United States Glidden migration to the United States +

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Glidden or a variant listed above:

Glidden Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Charles Glidden, who landed in Portsmouth, NH in 1660 [4]

Australia Glidden migration to Australia +

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

Glidden Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Arthur William Glidden, aged 15, a clerk, who arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "Africaine" in 1836 [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Glidden (post 1700) +

  • Bob Glidden (1944-2017), American drag racer; at the time of his retirement he was the driver with the most wins in National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) history
  • Charles Jasper Glidden (1857-1927), American telephone pioneer, financier and supporter of the automobile; he and his wife Lucy, were the first to circle the world in an automobile in 1902
  • Joseph Farwell Glidden (1813-1906), American farmer who patented barbed wire, inspiration of the role of the "barbed wire salesman" in Back to the Future Part III
  • Carlos Glidden (1834-1877), American co-inventor of the first practical typewriter, co-eponym of the Sholes and Glidden typewriter (also known as the Remington No. 1)
  • Francis Harrington Glidden (1832-1922), American businessman, founder of the Glidden Company, one of the largest paint manufacturers in North America
  • John M. Glidden, American politician, Member of New Hampshire State Senate 10th District, 1865-67 [6]
  • Henry A. Glidden, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Orleans County, 1879 [6]
  • Harry Glidden, American politician, Mayor of Denison, Texas, 1950-51, 1954-55; Defeated, 1951 [6]
  • Daniel Smith Glidden (b. 1844), American Democratic Party politician, Treasurer, Dakota Territory Democratic Party [6]
  • Charles Colburn Glidden (b. 1855), American Democratic Party politician, Mayor of Portsmouth, Ohio, 1897-1901; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 1900 [6]
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  1. Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  4. 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)
  5. State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) AFRICAINE 1836. Retrieved from
  6. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 16) . Retrieved from on Facebook