Glasgow Family History

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Glasgow Name Meaning

Scottish: local name from the city on the Clyde (first recorded in 1116 as Glasgu), or from either of two minor places with the same name in Aberdeenshire. The etymology of the place name is disputed; it is probably from Welsh glas ‘gray’, ‘green’, ‘blue’ + cau ‘hollows’. Scottish and Irish: altered form of Closkey, reduced and Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Bhloscaidhe ‘son of Bloscadh’ (see McCloskey). Irish: variant of the English family name Glasscock, which was once common in County Kildare.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Glass, Gleason, Glasson, Glasow, Gladson, Glascoe, Glasco, Lagos

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Glasgow Family Origin

Where is the Glasgow family from?

Glasgow Family Occupations

What did your Glasgow ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Glasgow occupation in the UK was Annuitant. 3% of Glasgow's were Annuitants. A less common occupation for the Glasgow family was Coalminer. Annuitant, Dressmaker and Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Glasgow.

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  • Annuitant

  • Dressmaker

  • Labourer

  • Coalminer


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Glasgow ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Glasgow Historical Records

What Glasgow family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 49,000 census records available for the last name Glasgow. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Glasgow census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 9,000 immigration records available for the last name Glasgow. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 14,000 military records available for the last name Glasgow. For the veterans among your Glasgow ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Glasgow Life Expectancy

What is the average Glasgow lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Glasgow life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Glasgow in 1943 was 46, and 75 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Glasgow

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Glasgow ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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