The surname of GLENNIE was of local origin, from Gleneye or Glennie in Aberdeenshire. Glenny is a surname of some antiquity in and about Aberdeen and both forms of the surname were borne by generations of tenant farmers in the districts of both Dee and Don. The burghs of Scotland owe much of their prosperity to the large immigration of foreigners which went on during the 12th and 13th centuries. The original founders of the towns, were in many cases wanderers from Flanders, who brought with them their habits of industry and knowledge of trade and manufacture. Settlers of this description came in great numbers to England in the reign of Henry 1. (1100-1135) and when Henry 11 (1154-1189) drove all foreigners out of his dominions they flocked into Scotland, where a more enlightened policy made them welcome. Early records of the name mention William Gleny who had a lawsuit in Aberdeen in 1389, with respect to the wool from certain lands. These lands are still called 'Glennie's Parks'. Angus Glenny was recorded in Aberdeen in 1408, and in the following year mass was said in the church for the wife of Angus Glennie. Robert Glynne was admitted burgess of Aberdeen in 1554. 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 11. (1307-1327) that is 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 name was spelt Glenna in 1556 and Glennay in 1503.
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