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Gilchrison History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The sea-swept Hebrides islands and the west coast of Scotland are the ancestral home of the Gilchrison family. Their name comes from the Gaelic "Gille Criosd", which means "the servant of Christ".

Early Origins of the Gilchrison family


The surname Gilchrison 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 they held a family seat some say as far back as the 12th century. The first record of the name was in Cupar-Angus in the 15th century where they held a family seat at Murthly in Atholl, in the parish of Little Dunkeld in Perthshire.

Early History of the Gilchrison family


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gilchrison research.
Another 175 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1600, 1680 and 1800 are included under the topic Early Gilchrison History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Gilchrison Spelling Variations


Medieval translation of Gaelic names could not be referred to as an accurate process. Spelling was not yet standardized, and names in documents from that era are riddled with spelling variations. Gilchrison has been written as Gilchristson, Gilkerson, Gilkison, Gilcriston, Gilkersone, MacGilchrist, McGilchrist, Gilchristoun, Kilkerson, Gilkisone, Gilkrisoune, Gilkcrissone and many more.

Early Notables of the Gilchrison family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Gilchrison family to Ireland


Some of the Gilchrison family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 45 words (3 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 Gilchrison family to the New World and Oceana


Many of the ancestors of Dalriadan families who arrived in North America still live in communities along the east coast of Canada and the United States. In the American War of Independence many of the original settlers traveled north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries the ancestors of many Scots began recovering their collective national heritage through Clan societies, highland games, and other patriotic events. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Gilchrison or a variant listed above: Archibald and Robert Gilkeson settled in Augusta County, Virginia in 1767.

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