The surname of GLOVER was an occupational name from the Old French word Gaunter, meaning a maker or seller of gloves. The name was brought into England in the wake of the Norman Conquest of 1066. Surnames having a derivation from nicknames form the broadest and most miscellaneous class of surnames, encompassing many different types of origin. The most typical classes refer adjectivally to the general physical aspect of the person concerned, or to his character. Many nicknames refer to a man's size or height, while others make reference to a favoured article of clothing or style of dress. Many surnames derived from the names of animals and birds. In the Middle Ages ideas were held about the characters of other living creatures, based on observation, and these associations were reflected and reinforced by large bodies of folk tales featuring animals behaving as humans. Early records mention Gilbert le Glouere who was documented in the year 1250 in County Norfolk. William le Glouere was recorded in the year 1278 in County Surrey. Johannes Glouer of Yorkshire was listed in the 1379 Poll Tax of Yorkshire. William Baker and Elizabeth Glover were married at St. Michael, Cornhill, London in 1685. Julia Glover (1779-1850) as an Irish comic actress born in Newry. She made her debut in 1789, and was sold by her father to Samuel Glover in 1798. In 1802 she appeared at Drury Lane, London, and became a leading lady of the London stage. Her second son, William Howard (1819-1875) was a composer and conductor. At first the coat of arms was a practical matter which served a function on the battlefield and in tournaments. With his helmet covering his face, and armour encasing the knight from head to foot, the only means of identification for his followers, was the insignia painted on his shield, and embroidered on his surcoat, the draped and flowing garment worn over the armour. Most of the European surnames in countries such as England, Scotland and France were formed in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. The process had started somewhat earlier and had continued in some places into the 19th century, but the norm is that in the tenth and eleventh centuries people did not have surnames, whereas by the fifteenth century most of the population had acquired a second name.The associated coat of arms is recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884.
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