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Re: origin of name
Posted by: Adrian Glew Date: August 03, 2001 at 10:48:06
In Reply to: origin of name by michael kendrick glew of 186

Hi Michael
I have an idea of where the name might originate from, but first a bit of background to my side of the family. A branch of the Glew family lived in Goole, West Yorkshire from 1856-1980 (with another branch in nearby Howden). My father, George Alan Glew, was the proprietor of Glew's Garage (still extant and located off the M62 at the Glew's Roundabout exit!) started by his great-grandfather when Goole was founded as a canal port in 1854. At that time the business was a blacksmiths, then it began to sell bicycles, then early powered forms of transport. However, prior to the business being founded, the family were involved in farming the drained fenlands of the area as well as further east and south in Lincolnshire. Still today, in this area there is a place called Glew's Hollow. The fact that this was a drained area of the UK is significant, I believe, as I have recently come across the surname van Geluwe eminating from Flanders. Interestingly, this whole area of the UK was drained by Vermuyden, an emigre from this area. So perhaps, and this is only supposition at the moment, Flemish farmers (maybe Geluwes among them) travelled over to claim this new and rich source of agricultural land. I'll need to do more research, but my uncle traced the family tree back to the 17th century. All members of our family can be traced to this particular part of Lincolnshire. In fact the majority of names in a church and war memorial in the village of Althorpe consist of various members of the Glew clan.
Hope this helps
All the best
Adrian Glew

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