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From the proud Boernician clans of the Scottish-English border region comes the name Gilbertson. It is derived from Gaelic personal names which mean son of the servant of St. Brigit. Gilbertson is a patronymic surname, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames. This particular surname derived from the religious naming tradition. The most common form of patronymic surnames are taken from the given name of the father of the bearer. Members of the Gilbertson family settled in Peebles (now part of the Strathclyde and Border regions), prior to the Norman Conquest of England, in 1066.

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The surname Gilbertson was first found in Peebles, 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.

Spelling rules had not yet evolved in medieval Scotland, some names dating from that era often appear many different ways. Some spelling variations of Gilbertson include Gilbertson, Gilbartson, Gelbertson and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gilbertson research. Another 159 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1296 and 1471 are included under the topic Early Gilbertson History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Gilbertson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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The Boernician-Scottish people who came to North America were often nearly penniless when they arrived, and brought very few personal effects with them. Much Scottish heritage was lost in the process, and it is only this century that highland games, Clan societies, and other patriotic Scottish organizations have helped the ancestors of Scots to rediscover their national legacy. Gilbertsons were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:

Gilbertson Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • George Gilbertson, who landed in New England in 1733

Gilbertson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Thomas Gilbertson arrived in Philadelphia in 1833

Gilbertson Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Carl August Gilbertson, who arrived in Wisconsin in 1908
  • Nils Gilbertson, who arrived in Wisconsin in 1914

Gilbertson Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Francis Gilbertson arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Cleveland" in 1839
  • Mary Gilbertson, aged 20, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Flora"

Gilbertson Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Margaret Gilbertson, aged 49, a nurse, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Waimea" in 1876
  • Janet Gilbertson, aged 22, a servant, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Waimea" in 1876
  • Agnes Gilbertson, aged 19, a servant, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Waimea" in 1876

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  • Keith Gilbertson (b. 1948), American football coach
  • Ashley Gilbertson (b. 1978), award-winning photographer
  • David Gilbertson, chief justice of the South Dakota Supreme Court
  • Stan Frank Gilbertson (b. 1944), retired Canadian ice hockey player


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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: Tenax propositi
Motto Translation: Firm of purpose.

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The Gilbertson Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gilbertson 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.

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