Gillespy History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
In Ireland, the name Gillespie is the usual modern form of MacGillespick, or "Mac Giolla Epscoip," which means "son of the servant or follower of the bishop."
Early Origins of the Gillespy family
The surname Gillespy was first found in County Donegal (Irish: Dún na nGall), northwest Ireland in the province of Ulster, sometimes referred to as County Tyrconnel, where they had been documented in Ireland since the invasion led by Strongbow, the Earl of Pembroke in 1172.
Important Dates for the Gillespy family
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Gillespy Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Gillespie, Gillespick, MacGillespie, MacGillespick, Glaspey, Clubsy and many more.
Early Notables of the Gillespy family (pre 1700)
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Gillespy migration to the United States
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Gillespy Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- John Gillespy, who landed in America in 1795 
Gillespy Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Patt Gillespy, aged 35, who landed in New Castle in 1804 
- Jane Gillespy, who arrived in America in 1805 
- George Gillespy, who landed in America in 1807 
- Andrew Gillespy, who landed in America in 1810 
- Ann Gillespy, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1812 
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Gillespy migration to Australia
Emigration to Australia
followed the First Fleets
of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:
Gillespy Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Eliza Gillespy, aged 27, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "James Fernie" 
- ^ 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)
- ^ South Australian Register Friday 17th November 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) James Fernie 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/jamesfernie1854.shtml