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

From the proud Boernician clans of the Scottish-English border region comes the name Gilbertson. It is derived from Gaelic personal names which mean son of the servant of St. Brigit. Gilbertson is a patronymic surname, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames. This particular surname derived from the religious naming tradition. The most common form of patronymic surnames are taken from the given name of the father of the bearer. Members of the Gilbertson family settled in Peebles (now part of the Strathclyde and Border regions), prior to the Norman Conquest of England, in 1066.

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Spelling rules had not yet evolved in medieval Scotland, some names dating from that era often appear many different ways. Some spelling variations of Gilbertson include Gilbertson, Gilbartson, Gelbertson and others.

First found in Peebles, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gilbertson research. Another 159 words(11 lines of text) covering the years 1296 and 1471 are included under the topic Early Gilbertson History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Gilbertson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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The Boernician-Scottish people who came to North America were often nearly penniless when they arrived, and brought very few personal effects with them. Much Scottish heritage was lost in the process, and it is only this century that highland games, Clan societies, and other patriotic Scottish organizations have helped the ancestors of Scots to rediscover their national legacy. Gilbertsons were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:

Gilbertson Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • George Gilbertson, who landed in New England in 1733

Gilbertson Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Thomas Gilbertson arrived in Philadelphia in 1833

Gilbertson Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Carl August Gilbertson, who arrived in Wisconsin in 1908
  • Nils Gilbertson, who arrived in Wisconsin in 1914

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  • Keith Gilbertson (b. 1948), American football coach
  • Stan Frank Gilbertson (b. 1944), retired Canadian ice hockey player
  • David Gilbertson, chief justice of the South Dakota Supreme Court
  • Ashley Gilbertson (b. 1978), award-winning photographer


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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: Tenax propositi
Motto Translation: Firm of purpose.

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  10. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
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The Gilbertson Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gilbertson 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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