On the western coast of Scotland
and on the Hebrides
islands the Gellis family was born among the ancient Dalriadan clans. Their name comes from the Gaelic words "gille Iose," which means "servant of Jesus."
Early Origins of the Gellis family
The surname Gellis was 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.
Early History of the Gellis family
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Gellis Spelling Variations
In various documents Gellis has been spelled Since medieval scribes still spelled according to sound, records from that era contain an enormous number of spelling variations
. Gillies, Gillis, Gillie, Gilly, Gilles, Gillieson and many more.
Early Notables of the Gellis family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Gellis family to Ireland
Some of the Gellis family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 50 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Gellis family to the New World and Oceana
Dalriadan families proliferated in North America. Their descendants still populate many communities in the eastern parts of both the United States and Canada. Some settled in Canada as United Empire Loyalists, in the wake of the American War of Independence
. Families on both sides of the border have recovered much of their heritage in the 20th century through Clan
societies and highland games. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Gellis 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 Gellis Motto
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
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