The history of the Gellibrands name began with the ancient Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from the Gaelic Mac Giolla Seanain
, which referred to son of the servant
follower of a Saint
Early Origins of the Gellibrands family
The surname Gellibrands was first found in Lancashire
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times. Their name being derived from an old Anglo Saxon personal name
Early History of the Gellibrands family
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Gellibrands Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Gellibrands family name include Gillibrand, Gilbrand, Gilsbrand, Gelibrand, Gellibrand, Jelibrand, Jellybrand, Jellibrand, Gyllibrand, Gilliebrand, Gillebrand, Gillebrande, Gillibrands and many more.
Early Notables of the Gellibrands family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Gellibrands family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Gellibrands surname or a spelling variation of the name include : David Gillibrand who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1849; as well as John Gillibrand, who was naturalized in Indiana sometime between 1846 and 1848..