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Origin and Meaning of Glasgow

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Glasgow
The largest city in Scotland; a port in west central Scotland.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Largest city in Scotland; a port on the Clyde in west central Scotland; one of the great shipbuilding centers of the world

From Proto-Brythonic *glas cu (“green hollow”); usually romantically translated as "the dear green place." Compare modern Gaelic Glaschu

  1. A city in Lanarkshire and the largest in Scotland.
  2. A CDP in Delaware.
  3. A village in Illinois.
  4. A city in Kentucky.
  5. A city in Missouri.
  6. A city in Montana.
  7. A borough in Pennsylvania.
  8. A town in Virginia.
  9. A town in West Virginia.
  10. A settlement in Suriname.

Glasgow was also found in the following language(s): Catalan, Portuguese, and Spanish

Notable Persons With the Last Name Glasgow

Ellen Glasgow was a writer. Ellen was born on April 22nd, 1873 in Richmond, Virginia. She breathed her last breath on November 21st, 1945.


Patrick was born on July 30th, 1939.


Patrick was born on June 18th, 1874. He breathed his last breath on December 14th, 1963.


The Earl of Glasgow was a Governor of New Zealand. The was born on May 31st, 1833. He breathed his last breath on December 13th, 1915.


Deborahe Glasgow was a reggae and lovers rock singing. She was most prominent from 1977 to 1989. Deborahe was born in 1965 in London. She passed away on January 25th, 1994.



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Popularity of Glasgow as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Glasgow U.S.
  White 74.90% 64.26%
  African American 19.42% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.40% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.54% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.29% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.46% 16.26%

Of Last Name Glasgow

People with the last name Glasgow are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Glasgow

  • How Popular is the name Glasgow? As a last name Glasgow was the 3,913th most popular name in 2010.
  • When was the first name Glasgow first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Glasgow is Tuesday, January 28th, 1890.
  • How unique is the name Glasgow? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Glasgow. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Glasgow: Your name in reverse order is Wogsalg. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ggwlosa. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Glasgow? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 9,078 people with the last name Glasgow.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Glasgow? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 3 of them will have Glasgow as their last name.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
  • Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.