The Gillilan surname is a reduced Anglicized form of the Irish Gaelic Mac Gille Fhaoláin, which means "son of the servant of St Faolán." While the name may have originated in Ireland
, this line was extant by the beginning of the 17th century, only to find many of the family to return to Ireland
about 100 years later with the Plantation of Ulster
Early Origins of the Gillilan family
The surname Gillilan was first found in Midlothian
, where Gilbert McGillelane or McGillolane was listed as captain of Clan
Connan of Galloway
during the reign of David II (1324-1371). Also during this time, Ingeram M'Gillelan held a lease of lands in the barony of Redcastle in 1372. CITATION[CLOSE]
Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
Early History of the Gillilan family
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Gillilan Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Gilleland, Gillieland, Gillsland, Gilsland, Gillesland, Gillerlaine, Gillerland, Gillisland, Gillan, Gillander, Gilander, MacGillanders and many more.
Early Notables of the Gillilan family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Gillilan family to Ireland
Some of the Gillilan family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Gillilan family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Gillilan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Wm. H. Gillilan, aged 40, who emigrated to the United States, in 1894
- W. H. Gillilan, aged 34, who landed in America, in 1896
Gillilan Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- William Gillilan, aged 59, who settled in America from London, in 1905
- Edward Gibson Gillilan, aged 25, who emigrated to the United States from London, in 1905
- Hannah Gillilan, aged 19, who emigrated to the United States from Salsburgh, Scotland, in 1910
- Samuel Gillilan, aged 20, who landed in America from Musselburgh, Scotland, in 1910
- Jake Gillilan, aged 45, who emigrated to America, in 1918
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Contemporary Notables of the name Gillilan (post 1700)
- Strickland Gillilan (1869-1954), American poet and humorist, best known for his poem The Reading Mother