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The Glyn history begins in Cornwall, a rugged coastal region in southwestern England. Quite distinct from Devon, the adjoining county, Cornwall had its own spoken language until the late 18th century. The Glyn history began here. The manner in which hereditary surnames arose is interesting. Local surnames were derived from where the original bearer lived, was born, or held land. Unlike most Celtic peoples, who favored patronymic names, the Cornish predominantly used local surnames. The Glyn family originally lived the son of Gerard. The surname Glyn was originally derived from the Old German Gerhard which meant spear-brave. In Old English, patronyms were formed by adding a variety of suffixes to personal names, which changed over time and from place to place. For example, after the Norman Conquest, sunu and sune, which meant son, were the most common patronymic suffixes. In the 12th and 13th centuries, the most common patronymic names included the word filius, which meant son. By the 14th century, the suffix son had replaced these earlier versons. Surnames that were formed with filius or son were more common in the north of England and it was here that the number of individuals without surnames was greatest at this time.

Glyn Early Origins



The surname Glyn was first found in Cornwall, where the Glyn family held a family seat from very ancient times. The name was first recorded in 1100, when Hubert de Glin was living in the manor of Glynn near Bodmin, Cornwall.

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Glyn Spelling Variations


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Glyn Spelling Variations



Cornish surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The official court languages, which were Latin and French, were also influential on the spelling of a surname. Since the spelling of surnames was rarely consistent in medieval times, and scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings of their surname in the ancient chronicles. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into England, which accelerated and accentuated the alterations to the spelling of various surnames. Lastly, spelling variations often resulted from the linguistic differences between the people of Cornwall and the rest of England. The Cornish spoke a unique Brythonic Celtic language which was first recorded in written documents during the 10th century. However, they became increasingly Anglicized, and Cornish became extinct as a spoken language in 1777, although it has been revived by Cornish patriots in the modern era. The name has been spelled Glynn, Glynne, Glinn, Glyn, Glin and others.

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Glyn Early History


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Glyn Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Glyn research. Another 153 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1602, 1666, 1638, 1690, 1673, 1663, 1721, 1698, 1701, 1665, 1729 and 1606 are included under the topic Early Glyn History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Glyn Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Glyn Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable amongst the family at this time was Baron Wolverton; Sir John Glynne KS (1602-1666), a Welsh lawyer, Lord Chief Justice of the Upper Bench; Sir William Glynne, 1st Baronet (1638-1690), a Welsh...

Another 32 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Glyn Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Glyn In Ireland


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Glyn In Ireland



Some of the Glyn family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 33 words (2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included 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



Discovered in the immigration and passenger lists were a number of people bearing the name Glyn:

Glyn Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Morris Glyn settled in Virginia in 1653

Glyn Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Anne Glyn, who arrived in New England in 1721
  • Henry Glyn, who came to Pennsylvania in 1753
  • Henry Glyn, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1753
  • James and Richard Glyn, who immigrated to New England in 1761
  • James Glyn, who arrived in Virginia in 1770

Glyn Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Thomas Glyn, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1778

Glyn Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Glyn, who was recorded in Ontario in 1822

Glyn Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Catherine Glyn arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Hooghly" in 1846
  • Andrew Glyn, aged 25, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Caucasian"

Glyn Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • John Glyn, aged 12, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Waitangi" in 1874

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Contemporary Notables of the name Glyn (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Glyn (post 1700)



  • Elinor Glyn (1864-1943), author and actress
  • Sir Richard Hamilton Glyn, British army officer
  • Sir Alan Jack Glyn (1918-1998), Conservative Party Member of Parliament
  • Ralph George Campbell Glyn, 1st Baron Glyn, Member of Parliament from 1918 to 1922, and from 1924 to 1953

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    2. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    3. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    4. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    5. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
    6. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
    7. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    8. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
    9. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
    10. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    11. ...

    The Glyn Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Glyn 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.

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