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Where did the Scottish Gill family come from? What is the Scottish Gill family crest and coat of arms? When did the Gill family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Gill family history?The distinguished Gill family, which is intricately woven into the intricate tapestry of Scottish history, finds its origin with the proud Norman people. Although the Normans came from France, they were actually of Viking origin. The Vikings landed in the Orkneys and northern Scotland under their king, Stirgud the Stout, around 870. Subsequently, led by their jarl, Thorfinn Rollo, they invaded France around 911. After Rollo laid siege to Paris, King Charles the Simple of France finally conceded defeat and granted northern France to Rollo, who became the first Duke of Normandy.
Spelling variations of this family name include: Gill, Gille, Gills, Gilles, Gyll, Gylls and others.
First found in Yorkshire, where they had been granted lands by King William for their assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D. It was first recorded in the Domesday Book in the northern county of Yorkshire in 1086. Gamel filius Gille was granted more lands in Yorkshire near the other family estates in 1185. Henry Gille moved the family name to Cumberland in 1200 and the family gave its name to the village of Gilsland.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gill research. Another 300 words(21 lines of text) covering the years 1240, 1369, and 1460 are included under the topic Early Gill History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Gill Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Gill family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 84 words(6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Gill Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Gill Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Gill Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
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: In te Domine spes nostra
Motto Translation: Our hope is in thee, O Lord
The Gill Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gill 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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