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The people known in ancient Scotland as the Picts were the ancestors of the first to use Gilbreath as a name. It was a name for a person who came from Briton. The surname Gilbreath comes from the Gaelic words gall, which means stranger, and Bhreathnach, which means Briton. This surname was given to those who were described as the strangers from Briton. Gilbreath is therefore a nickname surname, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames. Nicknames form a broad and miscellaneous class of surnames, and can refer directly or indirectly to one's personality, physical attributes, mannerisms, or even their habits of dress. Members of the Gilbreath family settled in Angus, prior to the Norman invasion of England, in 1066.

Gilbreath Early Origins



The surname Gilbreath was first found in Angus (Gaelic: Aonghas), part of the Tayside region of northeastern Scotland, and present day Council Area of Angus, formerly known as Forfar or Forfarshire where the first Galbraith chief can be traced back to the 12th century. As this chief married a daughter of the Earl of Lennox the house must have been of a noble status. Sir William Galbraith, who was the fourth Chief of the Clan, became highly involved with Scottish national affairs. He was a co-regent of Scotland in 1255, serving a guardian of the young King Alexander III.

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Gilbreath Spelling Variations


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Gilbreath Spelling Variations



In medieval Scotland, names were more often spelled according to sound than any regular set of rules. An enormous number of spelling variations were the result. Over the years, the name Gilbreath has been spelled Galbraith, Galbreath, Galbreith, Galbreth, Galbrith, Galberth and many more.

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Gilbreath Early History


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Gilbreath Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gilbreath research. Another 236 words (17 lines of text) covering the year 1594 is included under the topic Early Gilbreath History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Gilbreath Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Gilbreath Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Gilbreath Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Gilbreath In Ireland


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Gilbreath In Ireland



Some of the Gilbreath family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 261 words (19 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



In such difficult times, Ireland, Australia, and North America looked like better homes for many Scots. The trips were expensive and grueling, but also rewarding, as the colonies were havens for those unwelcome in the old country. That legacy did not die easily, though, and many were forced to fight for their freedom in the American War of Independence. The Scottish legacy has resurface in more recent times, though, through Clan societies, highland games, and other organizations. Immigration and passenger lists have shown many early immigrants bearing the old Scottish name of Gilbreath:

Gilbreath Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Joseph Roy Gilbreath, aged 35, who settled in America, in 1910
  • Laura Gilbreath, aged 34, who landed in America, in 1910
  • Wilhelmina Gilbreath, aged 42, who emigrated to the United States, in 1911
  • Andrew Gilbreath, aged 16, who emigrated to the United States, in 1911
  • John Gilbreath, aged 9, who landed in America, in 1911

Gilbreath Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Lydia Gilbreath, aged 23, a spinster, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Highlander" in 1834

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Contemporary Notables of the name Gilbreath (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Gilbreath (post 1700)



  • Major-General Frederick Gilbreath (1888-1969), American Commanding General Army Service Command (1945)
  • Rod Gilbreath (b. 1954), American Major League Baseball second baseman
  • William C. Gilbreath (1851-1921), American politician, North Dakota Commissioner of Agriculture and Labor (1905 to 1914)
  • Rod Gilbreath (b. 1954), American former Major League Baseball second baseman
  • Alexandra Gilbreath (b. 1969), English actress, recipient of the 1996 Ian Charleson Award

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Motto


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Motto



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: Ab Obice Suavior
Motto Translation: Stronger when opposed.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    2. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    3. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    4. Urquhart, Blair Edition. Tartans The New Compact Study Guide and Identifier. Secauccus, NJ: Chartwell Books, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0-7858-0050-6).
    5. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and Don Pottinger. Clan Map Scotland of Old. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1983. Print.
    6. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    7. Browne, James. The History of Scotland it's Highlands, Regiments and Clans 8 Volumes. Edinburgh: Francis A Niccolls & Co, 1909. Print.
    8. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    9. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    10. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
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    The Gilbreath Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gilbreath 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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