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Glasco Coat of Arms / Glasco Family Crest

Glasco Coat of Arms / Glasco Family Crest

The surname of GLASCO was a locational name 'of Glasgow' from the old burgh, now the city of Glasgow. Local names usually denoted where a man held his land, and indicated where he actually lived. Early records of the name mention a John de Glasgu, who was the bishop of St. Andrews in the year 1258. John of Glasgow appears as a monk in Holyrood in 1299 and a certain Robert Glasgow was a witness in the burgh of the city of Glasgow in the year of 1554. Ellen Anderson Glasgow (1874-1945) was the American novelist, born in Richmond, Virginia. She was best known for her stories of the South, including 'The Descendant' (1897) and he won the Pulitzer prize in 1941 for 'In This Our Life'. Surnames as we recognise them today are believed to have been introduced by the Normans after the Invasion of 1066. The first mention of such names appears in the Domesday Book and they were progressively adopted between the 11th and 15th centuries. It was the nobles and upper classes who first assumed a second name, setting them apart from the common people who continued to use only the single name given to them at birth. It was not until the reign of Edward II (1307-1327) that it became common practice to use a secondary name, originally a name reflecting the place of birth, a nickname, an occupational name or a baptismal name which had been passed on from a parent to the child, as an additional means of identification. The associated coat of arms is recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884. It has long been a matter of doubt when the bearing of coats of arms first became hereditary and it was not until the Crusades that Heraldry came into general use. Men went into battle heavily armed and were difficult to recognise. It became the custom for them to adorn their helmets with distinctive crests, and to paint their shields with animals and the like. Coats of arms accompanied the development of surnames, becoming hereditary in the same way.


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