Show ContentsGlisson History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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

Early Origins of the Glisson family

The surname Glisson 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 Glisson family

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Glisson Spelling Variations

The scribes and church officials of the Middle Ages who recorded names in official documents spelled the names as they sounded. This led to the problem of one name being recorded under several different variations and thus resembling more than one person. Among the many spelling variations of the surname Glisson that are preserved in archival documents of this era include Gleason, Gleeson, Glissane, Gleasone, Gleesone, Glissaun, Gleasaune, Glissen and many more.

Early Notables of the Glisson family

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...

Glisson Ranking

In the United States, the name Glisson is the 6,918th most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. [1]

Migration of the Glisson family

Ireland experienced a dramatic decrease in its population during the late 19th century. This was in a great measure, a response to England's imperialistic policies. Hunger and disease took the lives of many Irish people and many more chose to leave their homeland to escape such hunger and disease. North America with its promise of work, freedom, and land was an extremely popular destination for Irish families. For those families that survived the journey, all three of these things were were often attained through much hard work and perseverance. Research into early immigration and passenger lists revealed many immigrants bearing the name Glisson: 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.

Contemporary Notables of the name Glisson (post 1700) +

  • Oris Glisson, American head of the Department of Clothing, Textiles, and Related Art at Virginia Tech (1960-1978), eponym of the Oris Glisson Costume and Textiles Collection
  • Joey Glisson (b. 1962), American professional football player
  • Gordon P. Glisson (1930-1997), American Champion Thoroughbred horse racing jockey
  • Jim Glisson, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate in primary for Lieutenant Governor of Florida, 1978 [2]
  • Dorothy W. Glisson (1914-2001), American politician, Secretary of State of Florida, 1974-75 [2]
  • Dr William Bradley Glisson, Scottish School of Humanities professor at the University of Glasgow
  • Robert Glisson (b. 1953), British professional footballer

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  2. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 16) . Retrieved from on Facebook