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Where did the Scottish Gilliss family come from? What is the Scottish Gilliss family crest and coat of arms? When did the Gilliss family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Gilliss family history?The root of the ancient Dalriadan-Scottish name Gilliss is the Gaelic words "gille Iose," which means "servant of Jesus."
Historical recordings of the name Gilliss include many spelling variations. They include They are the result of repeated translations of the name from Gaelic to English and inconsistencies in spelling rules. Gillies, Gillis, Gillie, Gilly, Gilles, Gillieson and many more.
First found in Lothian, where a member of the family was a witness to the charter, by King David I, to the Abbey of Holyrood. In 1160, Vhtred Gilise inherited the estates in Lothian. It is also recorded that M. filius Gilise, who was a close confidant of King Malcolm IV of Scotland, was witness to a charter signed at the Abbey of Scone in 1164.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gilliss research. Another 129 words(9 lines of text) covering the years 1264, 1376, 1521, 1747, 1836, 1778 and 1793 are included under the topic Early Gilliss History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 51 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gilliss Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Gilliss family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 87 words(6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
Descendents of Dalriadan-Scottish families still populate many communities across North America. They are particularly common in Canada, since many went north as United Empire Loyalists at the time of the American War of Independence. Much later, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the highland games and Clan societies that now dot North America sprang up, allowing many Scots to recover their lost national heritage. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Gilliss, or a variant listed above: Annette Gillis landed in New York in 1662; Elin Gillis settled in Virginia in 1649; Sarah Gillis settled in New Jersey in 1773; Ann Gillies settled in Pennsylvania in 1773.
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: Touch not the cat bot a glove
Motto Translation: Touch not the cat without a glove
The Gilliss Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gilliss 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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