The background history of the name Kilcrease starts in ancient Scotland
among the Pictish people. The name Kilcrease is derived from the Gaelic name Gille Criosd,
which became Gillacrist
in Middle Gaelic.
Early Origins of the Kilcrease family
The surname Kilcrease was first found in Berwickshire
an ancient county of Scotland
, presently part of the Scottish Borders Council Area, located in the eastern part of the Borders Region of Scotland, where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Kilcrease family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kilcrease research.Another 177 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1057 and 1296 are included under the topic Early Kilcrease History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Kilcrease Spelling Variations
Prior to the invention of the printing press in the last hundred
years, documents were basically unique. Names were written according to sound, and often appeared differently each time they were recorded. Spelling variations
of the name Kilcrease include Gilchrist, Gilchristson, Ghilchriston, Gillchrist, Gillcrest, Gilcrist and many more.
Early Notables of the Kilcrease family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Kilcrease family to Ireland
Some of the Kilcrease family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 105 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Kilcrease family to the New World and Oceana
The freedom of the North American colonies was enticing, and many Scots left to make the great crossing. It was a long and hard journey, but its reward was a place where there was more land than people and tolerance was far easier to come by. Many of these people came together to fight for a new nation in the American War of Independence
, while others remained loyal to the old order as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of Scots in North America have recovered much of this heritage in the 20th century through Clan
societies and other such organizations. A search of immigration and passenger lists revealed many important and early immigrants to North America bearing the name of Kilcrease: Robert Gilchrist, who settled in New Jersey in 1685; Angus
Gilchrist, who settled in Wilmington N.C. in 1774; along with Henry and John and his wife Marion, Lawrence Gilchrist, who settled in Boston in 1766.