The chronicle of the name Gilcrease begins with a family in the Pictish clans of ancient Scotland
. The name is derived from the Gaelic name Gille Criosd,
which became Gillacrist
in Middle Gaelic.
Early Origins of the Gilcrease family
The surname Gilcrease 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.
Early History of the Gilcrease family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gilcrease research.Another 177 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1057 and 1296 are included under the topic Early Gilcrease History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Gilcrease Spelling Variations
When the first dictionaries were invented in the last few hundred
years, spelling gradually became standardized. Before that time, scribes spelled according to sound. Names were often recorded under different spelling variations
every time they were written. Gilcrease has been written Gilchrist, Gilchristson, Ghilchriston, Gillchrist, Gillcrest, Gilcrist and many more.
Early Notables of the Gilcrease family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Gilcrease family to Ireland
Some of the Gilcrease 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.
Migration of the Gilcrease family to the New World and Oceana
The crossing to North America did not seem so great in comparison with the hardships many Scots endured at home. It was long, expensive, and cramped, but also rewarding. North America offered land and the chance for settlers to prove themselves in a new place. And many did prove themselves as they fought to forge a new nation in the American War of Independence
. The ancestors of those Scots can now experience much of their once-lost heritage through the Clan
societies and highland games that have sprung up across North America in the last century. A search of immigration and passenger lists revealed many important, early immigrants to North America bearing the name of Gilcrease: Robert Gilchrist, who settled in New Jersey in 1685; Angus
Gilchrist, who settled in Wilmington N.C. in 1774; along with Henry and John and his wife Marion, Lawrence Gilchrist, who settled in Boston in 1766.