Gil History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The distinguished surname Gil comes from Spain, a country rich in culture and history. The earliest forms of hereditary surnames in Spain were the patronymic surnames, which are derived from the father's given name, and metronymic surnames, which are derived from the mother's given name. Spanish patronymic names emerged as early as the mid-9th century and the most common patronymic suffix is "ez." The patronyms were derived from a variety of given names that were of many different origins. Some names are derived from the saints of the Christian Church, but many Spanish surnames are derived from personal names of Germanic origin. The Visigoths, who ruled Spain between the mid-5th and early 8th centuries had a profound impact on the development of surnames.

Early Origins of the Gil family

The surname Gil was first found in the mountains of Santander, in the region of Cantabria, in the center north of the peninsula.

Important Dates for the Gil family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gil research. Another 96 words (7 lines of text) covering the year 1200 is included under the topic Early Gil History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Gil Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Gil, Gill, Gílez, Gilez, Gíldez, Gildez and others.

Early Notables of the Gil family (pre 1700)

Prominent among members of the family thirteenth century author Juan Gil de Zamora; thirteenth century nobleman Roy Gil de Villalobos; sixteenth century Spanish architect Juan Gil de Hontañón, creator of the Gothic cathedrals of Salamanca and Segovia; his son, Rodrigo...
Another 40 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gil Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Gil migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Gil Settlers in United States in the 16th Century
  • Antonio Gil, who settled in Chile in 1555
  • Ana Jimenez Gil, who arrived in New Spain in 1577
  • Andres Gil, who settled in New Spain in 1578
  • Bartolome Gil, who settled in New Granada in 1582
Gil Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Johan Thomas Gil, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1763 [1]
Gil Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Vicente Gil, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1803 [1]
  • Martin Gil, who landed in America in 1812 [1]
  • Miguel Gil, who landed in America in 1813 [1]
  • Sebastian De Gil, who landed in America in 1813 [1]
  • Gonzalo Gil, who arrived in America in 1814 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Gil Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Aniela Kaminska Gil, who settled in New York in 1912

Contemporary Notables of the name Gil (post 1700)

  • Luis Gil (b. 1993), American soccer player
  • Percy Bernard Gil, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for Alabama, 2012 [2]
  • Guillermo Gil, American politician, U.S. Attorney for Puerto Rico, 1993-98 [2]
  • Francisco A. Gil Jr., American politician, U.S. Attorney for Puerto Rico, 1958-69 [2]
  • Christian J. Gil, American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for Louisiana, 2012 [2]
  • Manrique Gil (1879-1968), Spanish actor and poet
  • Gregorio Jesús Gil y Gil (1933-2004), Spanish businessman and politician
  • José Antonio Garmendia Gil (b. 1932), Spanish humorist
  • Tomás Gustavo Gil Guillén (1939-2015), Venezuelan Major League Baseball second baseman who played from 1967 to 1971
  • Bárbara Gil (1930-2015), Mexican film and television actress, best known for her role in Seven Women (1953)
  • ... (Another 6 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Gil family

HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. Victor Harold Gil, British Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [3]

Citations

  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 17) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  3. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
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