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Glidewell Coat of Arms / Glidewell Family Crest

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This surname of GLIDEWELL was a nickname 'the glede' a species of kite, and the name would have been applied to a user of such. The name was originally derived from the Anglo-Saxon word GLIDA, and variant spellings of the name include GLEDWELL, GLIDE, GLYDE, GLEED and GLEEDWELL. The earliest of the name on record appears to be John GLIDE, who was recorded in Cambridge in the year 1273. Henry le GLIDE was documented in Cambridge in 1300, and William GLIDE was documented in County Somerset, during the reign of Edward III (1327-1377). Hereditary surnames were originally imported from France into England during the Norman Conquest of 1066. In the two centuries or so after the Conquest surnames were acquired by most families of major landholders, and many landed families of lesser importance. There appears to have been a constant trickle of migration into Britain between about the years 1200 and 150O, mostly from France and the Low Countries, with a small number of migrants from Scandinavia, Germany, Italy and the Iberian peninsular, and occasional individuals from further afield. During this period groups of aliens settled in this country as for example, the Germans who from the late 15th century onwards settled in Cumbria to work the metal mines. Immigration during this time had only a small effect on the body of surnames used in Britain. In many cases, the surnames of immigrants were thoroughly Anglicised. The late sixteenth century saw the arrival, mostly in London and the south-coast ports of large numbers of people fleeing from the war regions of France. Later instances of the name include Thomas Milton and and Mary GLIDE who were married at St. James's, Clerkenwell, London in the year 1632. In the Middle Ages the Herald (old French herault) was an officer whose duty it was to proclaim war or peace, carry challenges to battle and messages between sovereigns; nowadays war or peace is still proclaimed by the heralds, but their chief duty as court functionaries is to superintend state ceremonies, such as coronations, installations, and to grant arms. Edward III (1327-1377) appointed two heraldic kings-at-arms for south and north, England in 1340. The English College of Heralds was incorporated by Richard III in 1483-84.


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Last Updated: Dec. 1st, 2021

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