Gildea History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The Gildea 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 Gildea family
The surname Gildea 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 Gildea family
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Gildea Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Gildea has undergone many spelling variations, including Benson, Benison, Bensone, Bennison, Gildea, Gilday, Gildee, Bennsone, Bennisoun, Bennisone and many more.
Early Notables of the Gildea 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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In the United States, the name Gildea is the 13,781st most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. 
Migration of the Gildea family to Ireland
Some of the Gildea family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Gildea were among those contributors:
Gildea Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Dennis Gildea, who arrived in Mississippi in 1891 
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Emigration to Australia
followed the First Fleets
of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:
Gildea Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Mr. John Gildea, (b. 1815), aged 28, Irish ploughman who was convicted in Mayo, Ireland for 7 years for manslaughter, transported aboard the "Constant" on 9th May 1843, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land), he died in 1879 
- Mr. Richard Gildea, (b. 1818), aged 25, Irish farm labourer who was convicted in Mayo, Ireland for 7 years for manslaughter, transported aboard the "Constant" on 9th May 1843, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land), he died in 1845 
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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