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The ancestral home of the Gluck family is in the German state of Bavaria. The name Gluck is an occupational hereditary surname, a type of surname that was taken from a word describing or common to the profession of the original bearer. It is a name for a family who lived near the bell tower of a church. Further research revealed that the name is derived from the German word "glocke," which means "bell," and denotes that the family or original bearer of the name either worked in the bell tower or made bells.

Gluck Early Origins



The surname Gluck was first found in Bavaria, where the name was closely identified in early mediaeval times with the feudal society which would become prominent throughout European history. The name would later emerge as a noble family with great influence, having many distinguished branches, and become noted for its involvement in social, economic and political affairs.

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Gluck Spelling Variations


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Gluck Spelling Variations



In the medieval era, many different cultural groups lived in the German states. There are thus many regional variations of German surnames from that era. Westphalians spoke Low German, which is similar to modern Dutch. Many German names carry suffixes that identify where they came from. Others have phrases attached that identify something about the original bearer. Other variations in German names resulted from the fact that medieval scribes worked without the aid of any spelling rules. The spelling variations of the name Gluck include Gluck, Glueck, Gluckh, Glueckh, Gluk and others.

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Gluck Early History


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Gluck Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gluck research. Another 91 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1652, 1705, 1714 and 1787 are included under the topic Early Gluck History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Gluck Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Gluck Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 37 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gluck Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



The great European flow of migration to North America, which began in the middle of the 17th century and continued into the 20th century, was particularly attractive to those from Bavaria who wished to escape either poverty or religious persecution. For many Bavarian tenant farmers, the chance to own their own land was a major incentive. So the widespread colonization of the United States began in 1650, when many immigrants from Germany settled in pockets in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. In Canada, German settlement centered in Ontario and the prairie Among those of this surname listed in various historical records were:

Gluck Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Peter Gluck, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1748
  • Conrad Gluck, who came to Philadelphia in 1749
  • Conrad Gluck, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1749
  • Joh Philip Gluck, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1754
  • Johannes Gluck, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1754
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Gluck Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Franz Gluck, who landed in America in 1853
  • Joseph Gluck, who arrived in Mississippi in 1873
  • Nicolaus Gluck, aged 5, landed in New York, NY in 1876
  • Veronica Gluck, aged 16, landed in New York, NY in 1876
  • Gertrude Gluck, who arrived in New York, NY in 1876
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Gluck (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Gluck (post 1700)



  • Robert Gluck (b. 1955), American pianist and composer
  • Eugen Gluck, American watch manufacturer, founder of E. Gluck Corporation in 1956, best known for his Armitron and Anne Klein product lines
  • 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
  • Louise Elisabeth Gluck (b. 1943), American poet of German heritage awarded the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry
  • 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
  • Joe Gluck, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Washington, 1952
  • J. C. Gluck, American politician, Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates from Ritchie County, 1889-90
  • Fred Gluck, American politician, Member of Minnesota State Senate 10th District, 1859-60
  • ... (Another 9 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmachers Wappenbuch. München, Battenberg: 1975. Print.
    2. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    3. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    4. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    5. Kapff, Rudolf. Schwäbische Geschlechtsnamen. Stuttgart: Verlag Silberburg, 1927. Print.
    6. Jones, Henry Z. Palatine Families of New York 2 Volumes. Rockland, ME: Picton Press, 2001. Print. (ISBN 978-0961388829).
    7. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    8. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    9. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmacher's Grosses Wappenbuch 35 Volumes. Germany: Bauer & Raspe. Print.
    10. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
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    The Gluck Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gluck Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 22 January 2016 at 11:59.

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