The Glister surname was a habitational name, taken on from the city of Gloucester. This place name was originally "Gle-vum, " which was a cognate of the Welsh
"gloyw," meaning "bright." The Old English "ceaster," came from the Roman (Latin) for a fort or walled city.
Early Origins of the Glister family
The surname Glister was first found in Gloucestershire
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy
, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron
, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England
to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant
of the city and lands of Gloucester, held only by the King, who was recorded in the Domesday Book
census of 1086. It was from Gloucester that the King commissioned the Domesday Book
. The name is probably derived from of the several stewards who held the lands from the King. Durand of Gloucester was such a steward.
Early History of the Glister family
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Glister Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Gloucester, Gloster, Glouster, Glocester and others.
Early Notables of the Glister family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Glister family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Glister Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Baltazer Glister, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1749 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)