Gilcrist is an ancient Pictish-Scottish name. It is derived from the Gaelic name Gille Criosd,
which became Gillacrist
in Middle Gaelic.
Early Origins of the Gilcrist family
The surname Gilcrist 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 Gilcrist family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gilcrist research.Another 177 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1057 and 1296 are included under the topic Early Gilcrist History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Gilcrist Spelling Variations
Translation has done much to alter the appearance of many Scottish names. It was a haphazard process that lacked a basic system of rules. Spelling variations
were a common result of this process. Gilcrist has appeared Gilchrist, Gilchristson, Ghilchriston, Gillchrist, Gillcrest, Gilcrist and many more.
Early Notables of the Gilcrist family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Gilcrist family to Ireland
Some of the Gilcrist 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 Gilcrist family to the New World and Oceana
Many Scots left their country to travel to the North American colonies in search of the freedom they could not find at home. Of those who survived the difficult voyage, many found the freedom they so desired. There they could choose their own beliefs and allegiances. Some became United Empire Loyalists and others fought in the American War of Independence
. The Clan
societies and highland games that have sprung up in the last century have allowed many of these disparate Scots to recover their collective national identity. A search of immigration and passenger ship lists revealed many early settlers bearing the Gilcrist name: 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.