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Where did the Scottish Giller family come from? When did the Giller family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Giller family history?

The ancient Dalriadan kingdom consisted of the Hebrides islands, and the rugged mountains of Scotland west coast. The name Giller began in this region; it was a nickname for a young man with tanned skin or with tawny hair with darker streaks. The Gaelic form of the name is Mac 'Ille riabhaich, which means son of the brindled lad.

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Medieval spelling was at best an intuitive process, and translation between Gaelic and English was no more effective. These factors caused an enormous number of spelling variations in Dalriadan names. In fact, it was not uncommon to see a father and son who spelled their name differently. Over the years, Giller has been spelled Macilreach, McIlreach, MacIlreath, McIlreath, Macilriach, McIlriach, Macilraith, McIlraith, Macilaraith, McIlaraith, Macilarith, McIlarith, Macilwraith, McIlwraith, Macilwraithe, McIlwraithe, MacIlwrathe, McIlwrathe, MacKilwrath, McKilwrath, MacKilwrathe, McKilwrathe, Macgfillreich, McFillreich, Macileriach, McIleriach, Macillrich, McIllrich, Macilurick, McIlurick, Macilwrick, McIlwrick, MacIlwrith, McIlwrith, MacIlrevie, McIlrevie, MacKilreve, McKilreve, MacKilrea, McKilrea, MacElrath, McElrath, MacElreath, McElreath, McElvrick, MacElvrick, McIllrie, MacIllrie, MacAlwraith, McAlwraith, Revie, McRevie and many more.

First found in Ayrshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Inbhir Àir), formerly a county in the southwestern Strathclyde region of Scotland, that today makes up the Council Areas of South, East, and North Ayrshire, where they held a family seat from very early times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Giller research. Another 431 words (31 lines of text) covering the years 1300, 1376, 1476, 1508 and 1526 are included under the topic Early Giller History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Giller Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Giller family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 53 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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These settlers arrived in North America at a time when the east was burgeoning with prosperous colonies and the expanses of the west were just being opened up. The American War of Independence was also imminent. Some Scots stayed to fight for a new country, while others who remained loyal went north as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of them went on to rediscover their heritage in the 20th century through highland games and other patriotic Scottish events. The Giller were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

Giller Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • John Giller, who landed in Virginia in 1650

Giller Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Martin Giller, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1732
  • Heinrich Giller, who landed in North Carolina in 1754

Giller Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Jacob Giller, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811

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  • Walter John Giller (1938-2003), American Republican politician, Delegate to Arkansas State Constitutional Convention, 1979; Candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Arkansas, 1980
  • Michael Giller, American Republican politician, Candidate for New York State Senate 18th District, 1938
  • Bert Sue Giller (b. 1948), American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Arkansas, 2004


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