Gleeson Family Crest, Coat of Arms & Gleeson Name Origin

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Origin of the Name Gleeson

The Gleeson family history was found in the archives. Variants of Gleeson include O'Glissane, Glissane, Leeson and Lishane. These variants are the anglicized forms of the Irish name O'Glasain. In spite of its English appearance Gleeson is a genuine Irish Gaelic name. They belong to the Aradh, their territory being Mac Ui Bhriain, Aradh's country, in County Tipperary between Nenagh and Lough Derg. They were of the same stock as the O'Donegans, of the Barony of Ara, County Tipperary, who were originally of Muskerry, County Cork . Before the sixteenth century they held extensive lands in County Tipperary but lost most of these during the Cromwellian Regime. Today they are still numerous in their home County but not much outside of Munster . The forms Leeson and Lishane appear in the Ormond Manuscripts as early as the year 1644 but in modern times are rarely found outside Dublin .
The Gleeson coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Gleeson descendants.
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