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In ancient Scotland, the ancestors of the Gilchrest family were part of a tribe called the Picts. The name Gilchrest is derived from the Gaelic name Gille Criosd, which became Gillacrist in Middle Gaelic.

Gilchrest Early Origins



The surname Gilchrest was first found in Berwickshire an ancient county of Scotland, presently part of the Scottish Borders Council Area, located in the eastern part of the Borders Region of Scotland, 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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Gilchrest Spelling Variations


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Gilchrest Spelling Variations



The arts of spelling and translation were yet in their infancies when surnames began, so there are an enormous number of spelling variations of the names in early Scottish records. This is a particular problem with Scottish names because of the numerous times a name might have been loosely translated to English from Gaelic and back. Gilchrest has been spelled Gilchrist, Gilchristson, Ghilchriston, Gillchrist, Gillcrest, Gilcrist and many more.

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Gilchrest Early History


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Gilchrest Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gilchrest research. Another 177 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1057 and 1296 are included under the topic Early Gilchrest History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Gilchrest Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Gilchrest Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Gilchrest Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Gilchrest In Ireland


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Gilchrest In Ireland



Some of the Gilchrest family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 105 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



This oppression forced many Scots to leave their homelands. Most of these chose North America as their destination. Although the journey left many sick and poor, these immigrants were welcomed the hardy with great opportunity. Many of these settlers stood up for their newfound freedom in the American War of Independence. More recently, Scots abroad have recovered much of their collective heritage through highland games and other patriotic functions and groups. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has located various settlers bearing the name Gilchrest:

Gilchrest Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Gilchrest, who landed in Virginia in 1784 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)

Gilchrest Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Samuel J. Gilchrest, aged 25, who landed in America, in 1896

Gilchrest Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • William Gilchrest, aged 30, who landed in America from Glasgow, in 1903
  • Agnes Gilchrest, aged 30, who landed in America from Ballinasloe, Ireland, in 1907
  • Ellen Gilchrest, aged 40, who settled in America, in 1908
  • LeoBhard Gilchrest, aged 40, who emigrated to America, in 1908
  • Jennie C. Gilchrest, aged 65, who emigrated to the United States, in 1909
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Gilchrest (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Gilchrest (post 1700)



  • Wayne Thomas Gilchrest (b. 1946), former Republican member of the United States House of Representatives

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