Show ContentsGluck History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Gluck is a proud symbol of ancient Jewish culture. Before the late Middle Ages, people were known only by a single name. However, as the population increased and travelers set out on their journeys, it became necessary for people to adopt a second name to identify themselves. Jewish hereditary surnames were adopted from a variety of different sources. The name Gluck is a Jewish Ashkenazic ornamental name. Numerous Jewish surnames are ornamental surnames, which are names that have an ornamental value and are not necessarily related to the localities, occupations, nicknames or given names of the first person who used the name. However, ornamental names were often derived from elements that described locations or features of geography, animals and birds, occupations or personal names. The surname Gluck is taken from the Yiddish word glik, which means luck. The surname Gluck may also be a metronymic surname, which means that it was originally derived from the given name of the bearers mother. In the Middle Ages, the name Gluckel was a common Yiddish name for women.

Gluck Ranking

In the United States, the name Gluck is the 8,389th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. 1

United States Gluck migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Gluck Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Peter Gluck, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1748 2
  • Conrad Gluck, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1749 2
  • Joh Philip Gluck, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1754 2
  • Johannes Gluck, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1754 2
  • Johannes Gluck, who settled in Philadelphia in 1764
Gluck Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Franz Gluck, who landed in America in 1853 2
  • Joseph Gluck, who arrived in Mississippi in 1873 2
  • Nicolaus Gluck, aged 5, who landed in New York, NY in 1876 2
  • Veronica Gluck, aged 16, who landed in New York, NY in 1876 2
  • Gertrude Gluck, who arrived in New York, NY in 1876 2
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Gluck (post 1700) +

  • Louise Elisabeth Gluck (b. 1943), American poet of German heritage awarded the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, recipient of the 2020 Noble Prize for Literature
  • Louise Elisabeth Glück (1943-2023), American poet and essayist, who won the 2020 Nobel Prize in Literature
  • Eugen Gluck (1927-2019), American watch manufacturer, founder of E. Gluck Corporation in 1956, best known for his Armitron and Anne Klein product lines
  • Robert Gluck (b. 1955), American pianist and composer
  • Benjamin "Ben" Gluck (b. 1975), American Annie Award nominated director and writer, recipient of the Walter Lantz Award
  • Will Gluck, American contemporary film director, screenwriter and producer, best known his work on Friends with Benefits (2011), Fired Up! (2009) and Easy A (2010)
  • Carol Gluck (b. 1941), American academic and Japanologist
  • Samuel A. Glück, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Kings County 21st District, 1907-09 3
  • Maxwell Henry Gluck (1899-1984), American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1956; U.S. Ambassador to Ceylon, 1957-58 3
  • Joe Gluck, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Washington, 1952 3
  • ... (Another 11 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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