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Where did the Irish Gilligan family come from? When did the Gilligan family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Gilligan family history?Many Irish names are merely English translations of Gaelic names. The name Gilligan was a translation of the Gaelic name Mac Giollagain, which is derived from the word "giolla," which means "lad."
The recording of names in Ireland in the Middle Ages was an inconsistent endeavor at best due to competing dialects and languages, and the general illiteracy of the population. Research into the name Gilligan revealed many spelling variations, including Gilligan, Gilegan, Gillegan, Giligan and others.
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During the middle of the 19th century, Irish families often experienced extreme poverty and racial discrimination in their own homeland under English rule. Record numbers died of disease and starvation, and many others, deciding against such a fate, boarded ships bound for North America. The largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. Unfortunately, many of those Irish that arrived in Canada or the United States still experienced economic and racial discrimination. Although often maligned, these Irish people were essential to the rapid development of these countries because they provided the cheap labor required for the many canals, roads, railways, and other projects required for strong national infrastructures. Eventually the Irish went on to make contributions in the less backbreaking and more intellectual arenas of commerce, education, and the arts. Research early immigration and passenger lists revealed many early immigrants bearing the name Gilligan:
Gilligan Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
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