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
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
were more common in the north of England
and it was here that the number of individuals without surnames was greatest at this time.
Early Origins of the Glyn family
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.
Early History of the Glyn family
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.
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.
Early Notables of the Glyn family (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.
Migration of the Glyn family to 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.
Migration of the Glyn family to the New World and Oceana
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, who 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 settled in Pennsylvania in 1753
- Henry Glyn, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1753 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)
- 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, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Hooghly" in 1846 CITATION[CLOSE]
State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HOOGHLY 1846. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1846Hooghly.htm
- Andrew Glyn, aged 25, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Caucasian" CITATION[CLOSE]
South Australian Register Tuesday 26 April 1853. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Caucasian 1857. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/caucasian1857.shtml
Glyn Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- John Glyn, aged 12, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Waitangi" in 1874
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