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Origins Available: Irish, Scottish-Alt, Scottish

Where did the Irish Gilaspie family come from? What is the Irish Gilaspie family crest and coat of arms? When did the Gilaspie family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Gilaspie family history?

In Ireland, the name Gillespie is the usual modern form of MacGillespick, or "Mac Giolla Epscoip," which means "son of the servant or follower of the bishop."

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Gillespie, Gillespick, MacGillespie, MacGillespick, Glaspey, Clubsy and many more.

First found in County Donegal (Irish: Dún na nGall), northwest Ireland in the province of Ulster, sometimes referred to as County Tyrconnel, where they had been documented in Ireland since the invasion led by Strongbow, the Earl of Pembroke in 1172.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gilaspie research. Another 311 words(22 lines of text) covering the years 1567, 1766, and 1814 are included under the topic Early Gilaspie History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 32 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gilaspie Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Matthew Gilespy, who settled in Charleston in 1767; James Gilespie arrived in Philadelphia in 1861; Neil Gillespie with his wife Mary arrived in New York State in 1739 with his two sons, Gilbert and Angus.

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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Tu certas salutis anchora
Motto Translation: A sure anchor of safety.

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The Gilaspie Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gilaspie Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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