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Origin and Meaning of Glean

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
verb Glean
  1. To gather after a reaper; to collect in scattered or fragmentary parcels, as the grain left by a reaper, or grapes left after the gathering."To glean the broken ears after the man That the main harvest reaps." [Shak.]
  2. To gather from (a field or vineyard) what is left.
  3. To collect with patient and minute labor; to pick out; to obtain."Content to glean what we can from . . . experiments." [Locke.]

Etymology: OE. glenen, OF. glener glaner, F. glaner, fr. LL. glenare; cf. W. glan clean, glanh�u to clean, purify, or AS. gelm gilm, a hand�ul

verb Glean
  1. To gather stalks or ears of grain left by reapers."And she went, and came, and gleaned in the field after the reapers." [Ruth ii. 3.]
  2. To pick up or gather anything by degrees."Piecemeal they this acre first, then that; Glean on, and gather up the whole estate." [Pope.]
noun Glean
A collection made by gleaning.
noun Glean
Cleaning; afterbirth.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Gather, as of natural products

Notable Persons With the Last Name Glean

Sir Carlyle Glean is a Minister of Education and Governor-General of Grenada. Carlyle was given the name Carlyle Arnold Glean on February 11th, 1932 in Gouyave, British Windward Islands.


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Popularity of Glean as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Glean U.S.
  White 19.23% 64.26%
  African American 54.62% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 10.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 13.08% 16.26%

Of Last Name Glean

People with the last name Glean are most frequently White, African American, Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander, or Hispanic or Latino

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Fun Facts about the name Glean

  • How Popular is the name Glean? Glean is the 54,218th most popular name of all time. As a last name Glean was the 130,610th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Glean have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 32 babies born with the first name Glean in the United States.
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Glean? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1921 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Glean first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Glean is Friday, May 20th, 1892.
  • What year had the most people named Glean born? The highest recorded use of the first name Glean was in 1950 with a total of 6 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Glean: Your name in reverse order is Naelg. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Gelan. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Glean? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 130 people with the last name Glean.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Glean? Glean is one of the most unique last names recorded.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (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).
  • Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.