Gillins History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The Gillins 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 Gillins family

The surname Gillins 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. [1]

Important Dates for the Gillins family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gillins research. Another 89 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1206, 1667, 1735, 1731, 1735, and 1847 are included under the topic Early Gillins History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Gillins Spelling Variations

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 Gillins family (pre 1700)

Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gillins Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Gillins family to Ireland

Some of the Gillins family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 127 words (9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Gillins migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Gillins Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Daniell Gillins, who landed in Virginia in 1650 [2]
  • Daniel Gillins, who landed in Virginia in 1650 [2]

Gillins migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Gillins Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • John Gillins, aged 21, a blacksmith, who arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Renfrewshire" in 1878

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Citations

  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ 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)
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