Gallimore History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The saga of the name Gallimore begins with a Strathclyde-Briton family in the ancient Scottish/English Borderlands. It is a name for a devotee of the Virgin Mary. Looking back further, we find the name Gallimore was originally derived from the Gaelic Gille Moire, which means follower of Mary.

Early Origins of the Gallimore family

The surname Gallimore was 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.

Important Dates for the Gallimore family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gallimore research. Another 93 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1250, 1605, 1671, 1661 and 1671 are included under the topic Early Gallimore History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Gallimore Spelling Variations

The many spelling variations in Medieval Scottish names result from the fact that scribes in that era spelled words according to sound. Translation too, was an undeveloped science, and many names were altered into complete obscurity. Over the years Gallimore has been spelled Gilmour, Gilmore, Gilmur, Gilmor, Gilmer and many more.

Early Notables of the Gallimore family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Gallimore family to Ireland

Some of the Gallimore family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 57 words (4 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 Gallimore family

To escape the uncertainties and discrimination faced in Scotland, many decided to head out for North America. Once they arrived, many Scots fought with relish in the American War of Independence; some went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Many ancestors of these Scots have recovered their lost national heritage in the 20th century through Clan organizations and Scottish historical societies. Among the settlers to North America were: James, John, Robert, Thomas, and William Gilmer settled in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860; Alexander, Andrew, Archibald, David, James, John, Patrick, Samuel and William Gilmore arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860.

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