A History of the Glover surname

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History and ancestry meaning of the Glover surname

This interesting surname, of medieval English origin, was occupational. It described a maker or seller of gloves, deriving from the pre 7th century word "glof". Job-descriptive surnames originally denoted the actual occupation of the namebearer and only later became hereditary when a son followed his father into the same line of business. It is probable that that a glover may also have been a skilled engineer, in that in some cases it is known that he manufactured steel gauntlets to go with suits of armour.

The surname was first recorded in the mid 13th Century (see below). and early examples include Richard le Glovere in the Hundred Rolls of Bedford in 1273, whilst the Poll Tax records for Doncaster in Yorkshire mention a Thomas Glover in 1379. Later church register recordings include that on December 16th 1547, of Alyce Glover who was christened at St. Stephen's church, Coleman Street, and Anne Glover who married Daniell Connell on August 11th 1566 at Saint Giles Cripplegate, both in the city of London. Richard Glover was an early emigrant to the New World colonies.

He is listed as a passenger on the ship "Assurance", which left London in July 1635, bound for Virginia. A notable nambearer was Sir John Hawley Glover (1829 - 1885), colonial governor of Newfoundland from 1875 - 1884. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of William le Glouere. This was dated 1250, in the Middle English Surnames of Occupation", during the reign of King Henry 111, known as "The Frenchman", 1216 - 1272. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

Famous Glovers

Crispin Hellion Glover

Crispin Hellion Glover (born April 20, 1964) is primarily known as a film actor, but is also a painter, filmmaker, author, musician and collector and archivist of esoterica.

Glover is known for portraying eccentric people on screen, such as George McFly in Back to the Future, Layne in River's Edge, the "Creepy Thin Man" in the big screen adaptation of Charlie's Angels and Willard Stiles in Willard.

Famous Glovers

Brian Glover

Brian Glover (April 2, 1934 – July 24, 1997) was a well-known British character actor, writer and wrestler. Glover was a professional wrestler, teacher and finally a film, television and stage actor. He once said, "You play to your strengths in this game. My strength is as a bald-headed, rough-looking Yorkshireman".

He also appeared in An American Werewolf in London, Porridge, The First Great Train Robbery, Alien³, and Leon the Pig Farmer.

Famous Glovers

Danny Glover

Danny Lebern Glover (born July 22, 1946) is an American actor, film director, and political activist. Glover has had a variety of film, stage, and television roles.

Danny Glover is best known for his role as Los Angeles police Sgt. Roger Murtaugh in the Lethal Weapon movie series, and his role as the abusive husband to Whoopi Goldberg's character Celie in The Color Purple. He was given top billing for the first time in Predator 2, the sequel to the great sci-fi actioner Predator.

Famous Glovers

David Glover

Roger David Glover is a Welsh bassist, keyboardist, songwriter, and record producer, best known as the bassist and a songwriter for rock band Deep Purple.

After spending several years with Deep Purple, where the band saw their most successful releases in albums Deep Purple in Rock and Machine Head, Glover was dismissed by guitarist Ritchie Blackmore and became a record producer for such bands as Judas Priest, Nazareth and Elf.