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

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Gildersleve, Gildersleeve, Gilderslieve, Gildensleeve, Gildensleve, Gildsleeve, Gildsleve, Guildersly and many more.

First found in Norfolk where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 13th century when they held estates in that shire.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gildensleeve research. Another 181 words(13 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1421, 1588, 1455 and 1487 are included under the topic Early Gildensleeve History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Gildensleeve 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: the name represented in many forms and recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands. The name became very populous in New York in the 18th century. Richard Gildersleeve arrived in Connecticut in 1635. Isaac Guildersleeve, a potter, was in New England in 1670..

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  1. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  2. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  3. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  4. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  5. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  6. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  7. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  8. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  9. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  10. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
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The Gildensleeve Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gildensleeve 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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