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Where did the Scottish Gilmore family come from? What is the Scottish Gilmore family crest and coat of arms? When did the Gilmore family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Gilmore family history?

A Strathclyde-Briton family from the Scottish/English Borderlands was the first to use the surname Gilmore. It is a name for a devotee of the Virgin Mary. Looking back further, we find the name Gilmore was originally derived from the Gaelic Gille Moire, which means follower of Mary.

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The origin of rules governing the spelling of names and even words is a very recent innovation. Before that, words and names were spelled according to sound, and, therefore, often appeared under several different spelling variations in a single document. Gilmore has been spelled Gilmour, Gilmore, Gilmur, Gilmor, Gilmer 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 ancient times. Early records from Cumberland show that between 1133 and 1156, Gilmor, son of Gilander founded the chapelry of Treverman (later Trierman) in the parish of Walton, Cumberland, site of Triermain castle. Gilmore meaning "Gill the Big" was son of Gillanders the great Chief who lived about 1140.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gilmore research. Another 185 words(13 lines of text) covering the years 1250, 1605, 1671, 1661 and 1671 are included under the topic Early Gilmore History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Some of the Gilmore family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 101 words(7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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The persecution faced in their homeland left many Scots with little to do but sail for the colonies of North America. There they found land, freedom, opportunity, and nations in the making. They fought for their freedom in the American War of Independence, or traveled north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. In both cases, they made enormous contributions to the formation of those great nations. Among them:

Gilmore Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Robert Gilmore, who arrived in New England in 1718

Gilmore Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Joseph Dent Gilmore, who arrived in Grenada in 1801
  • Jourdan Gilmore, aged 16, landed in New Castle, Del in 1804
  • Jane Gilmore, aged 50, arrived in New Castle, Del in 1804
  • Frances Gilmore, aged 21, landed in New Castle, Del in 1804
  • Rose Gilmore, aged 17, landed in New Castle, Del in 1804


Gilmore Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Mr. Joseph Gilmore U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784

Gilmore Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Jane Gilmore, aged 45, a widow, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1833 aboard the ship "John & Mary" from Belfast
  • Nancy Gilmore, aged 16, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1833 aboard the ship "John & Mary" from Belfast
  • Richard Gilmore, aged 13, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1833 aboard the ship "John & Mary" from Belfast
  • James Gilmore, aged 34, a farmer, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1834 aboard the brig "Dorcas Savage" from Belfast
  • John Gilmore, aged 65, a farmer, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1834 aboard the brig "Dorcas Savage" from Belfast


Gilmore Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Mary Gilmore, English convict from Bristol, who was transported aboard the "Angelina" on April 25, 1844, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
  • James Gilmore, aged 21, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Marion"
  • Bernard Gilmore, aged 33, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Harry Lorrequer"
  • James Gilmore, aged 21, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Marion" in 1849
  • Martha Gilmore arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Bolivar" in 1850


Gilmore Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Susan Gilmore, aged 15, a servant, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oxford" in 1874
  • Elizabeth J. Gilmore, aged 20, a servant, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oxford" in 1874
  • Andrew Gilmore, aged 25, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen of Nations" in 1874
  • John Gilmore, aged 28, a labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bebington" in 1876

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  • David Gilmore (b. 1964), American jazz guitarist
  • Brenda Gilmore (b. 1968), American politician, Member of the Tennessee House of Representatives (2007-)
  • Artis Gilmore (b. 1949), retired American Hall of Fame basketball player
  • Arthur Wells "Art" Gilmore (1912-2010), American voice actor and announcer
  • Alfred Gilmore (1812-1858), American politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania (1849-1853)
  • Alexie Gilmore (b. 1976), American actress known for God Bless America (2011), World's Greatest Dad (2009) and Willow Creek (2013)
  • Frederick Garfield "Fred" Gilmore (1887-1969), Canadian-born, American featherweight professional boxer who won bronze at the 1904 Olympics
  • Bryan Gilmore (b. 1978), American NFL wide receiver
  • Charles Whitney Gilmore (1874-1945), American paleontologist
  • Commander Howard Walter Gilmore (1902-1943), American submarine commander awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1943

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  • I Walk in the Light: The Ancestors and Descendants of John Smith Gilmore by Walter S. and Florence F. Beanblossom.
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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Perseveranti dabitur
Motto Translation: It will be given to the persevering.

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The Gilmore Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gilmore Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 20 August 2015 at 06:50.

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