Show ContentsGlissan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Many Irish names are merely English translations of Gaelic names. The name Glissan was a translation of the Gaelic name O Glasain or O Gliasain.

Early Origins of the Glissan family

The surname Glissan was first found in County Tipperary (Irish: Thiobraid Árann), established in the 13th century in South-central Ireland, in the province of Munster, where they held a family seat from very ancient times.

Early History of the Glissan family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Glissan research. Another 103 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1597, 1677, 1617, 1621, 1624, 1627, 1634, 1635 and 1636 are included under the topic Early Glissan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Glissan Spelling Variations

In the days before Gaelic or English gained any significant semblance of standardization, the scribes who created documents simply recorded names as they sounded. Consequently, in the Middle Ages many people were recorded under different spellings each time their name was written down. Research into the Glissan family history revealed numerous spelling variations of the name, including Gleason, Gleeson, Glissane, Gleasone, Gleesone, Glissaun, Gleasaune, Glissen and many more.

Early Notables of the Glissan family (pre 1700)

Notable among the family name at this time was Francis Glisson (1597-1677), a British physician, anatomist, and writer on medical subjects. He was the second son of William Glisson of Rampisham in Dorsetshire. He entered at Caius College, Cambridge, in 1617, graduated B.A. 1621, and M.A...
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Migration of the Glissan family

North America received thousands of Irish immigrants from the English-ruled Ireland during the 19th century. Once in the United States or what would become Canada, these immigrants quickly contributed to the ongoing settling and industrialization processes. The largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. An exhaustive examination of immigrant and passenger lists has shown many early immigrants bearing the surname of Glissan: Thomas Gleason who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1762; followed by John in 1766; Nelly Gleeson settled in Canada in 1840; Martin Gleeson settled in New York in 1850.



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