Gilday History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The Gilday surname is a patronymic, created from the Medieval given name Benne, which comes from the Latin word "benedictus," which means "blessed." Some instances of the surname may also be derived from the name of the village of Benson (Benington) in Oxfordshire (Bennesingtun in Old English).  
While the parish dates back to ancient Roman and Saxon times, it was listed as Baenesington c. 900. By the time of the Domesday Book of 1086, the village was known as Besintone.  Literally, the place name means "estate associated with a man called Benesa," from the Old English personal name + "ing" + "tun." 
Early Origins of the Gilday family
The surname Gilday was first found in Oxfordshire, where a Peter de Bensinton was recorded in the Curia Regis Rolls for 1208. 
Henry de Benson was recorded in that same county in Oseney, in 1269. A family of the name was established from ancient times in the vicinity of Barrow-in-Furness, Lancashire. The Gildea, Gildee and other spellings were adopted in Ireland and are explained in more detail later.
Some of the family branched in Yorkshire in the early years as Germanus Benson was listed as holding lands there in the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379. 
Early History of the Gilday family
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Gilday Spelling Variations
Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Gilday have been found, including Benson, Benison, Bensone, Bennison, Gildea, Gilday, Gildee, Bennsone, Bennisoun, Bennisone and many more.
Early Notables of the Gilday family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include William Benson (died 1549), an English Benedictine, the last Abbot of Westminster and first Dean of Westminster; John Benson (died 1667), a London publisher, best remembered for an important publication of the Sonnets and miscellaneous poems of William Shakespeare in 1640; Robert Benson (1676-1731), English Member of Parliament, made Chancellor of the Exchequer 1711, created Lord Bingley in 1713; and Edward...
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Migration of the Gilday family to Ireland
Some of the Gilday family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 123 words (9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Gilday migration to the United States +
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Among the first immigrants of the name Gilday, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were :
Gilday Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- P Gilday, aged 30, who arrived in Maryland in 1813 
- Patrick Gilday, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1853 
Contemporary Notables of the name Gilday (post 1700) +
- Patrick Gilday (1862-1917), Scottish-born, American labor leader, United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) President of District Number 2
- David Gilday, English co-inventor of CubeStormer 3, a Guinness World Record holding robot
- Johnny Gilday (b. 1929), Australian retired weightlifter and professional wrestler, best known under the ring name Allan Pinfold
- Michael Gilday (b. 1987), Canadian two-time gold medalist short track speed skater from Yellowknife, Northwest Territories
- John Theophilus Gilday (1874-1937), Australian meatworker and politician, Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly (1912-1926)
- Leela Gilday, Dene-Canadian Juno Award winning singer and songwriter from Yellowknife, Northwest Territories
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The Gilday 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: Si Deus quis contra?
Motto Translation: If God be with us who can be against us?.
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