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This uncommon surname, chiefly recorded in the West Midland counties of Shropshire, Worcestershire and Warwickshire, is of Anglo-Saxon origin, and is a metonymic occupational name for a glazier or glass blower, deriving from the Olde English pre 7th Century "glaes", glass (akin to "glaed", shining, referring originally to the bright shine of the material). The earliest recorded examples of the surname contain the agent suffix "-er", and include: Thomas le Glasyer (Cornwall, 1297), and Robert le Glasiere (Essex, 1327).

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My great uncle, Benjamin Glazer, born May 7th 1887 died March 18th 1956. Born in Belfast, Ireland of Jewish heritage from Eastern Europe countries. Family moved to England then Benjamin moved to the USA, and studied law in Pennsylvania and became a Barrister. His love of writing, led him to being a playwright, then onto a screen writer. He later directed movies and was one of the 36 founding members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He won 2 oscars, one for 7th Heaven and Arise, My Love.


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