Gildersleeve History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Gildersleeve family

The surname Gildersleeve was first found in Norfolk where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 13th century when they held estates in that shire.

Early History of the Gildersleeve family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gildersleeve research. Another 91 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1421, 1588, 1455 and 1487 are included under the topic Early Gildersleeve History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Gildersleeve Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Gildersleve, Gildersleeve, Gilderslieve, Gildensleeve, Gildensleve, Gildsleeve, Gildsleve, Guildersly and many more.

Early Notables of the Gildersleeve family (pre 1700)

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Gildersleeve Ranking

In the United States, the name Gildersleeve is the 13,780th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]


United States Gildersleeve migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Gildersleeve Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Richard Gildersleeve, who landed in Connecticut in 1635 [2]
  • Richard Gildersleeve, who arrived in Connecticut in 1635
Gildersleeve Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • H Gildersleeve, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [2]
  • Mrs. Gildersleeve, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1855 [2]
  • A. C. Gildersleeve, aged 23, who immigrated to the United States, in 1892
  • V. C. Gildersleeve, aged 15, who landed in America, in 1892
Gildersleeve Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Lillian Gildersleeve, who immigrated to America, in 1903
  • Elmer Gildersleeve, who immigrated to the United States, in 1904
  • Charles G. Gildersleeve, who settled in America, in 1905
  • Virginia Gildersleeve, aged 62, who immigrated to the United States, in 1905
  • Mrs. Alger C. Gildersleeve, who immigrated to the United States, in 1906
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Gildersleeve (post 1700) +

  • Willard Harvey Gildersleeve, American college football head coach of New Hampshire's football team in 1909 and Massachusetts' team in 1910
  • Virginia Crocheron Gildersleeve (1877-1965), American academic, Dean of Barnard College
  • Taylor Gildersleeve (b. 1991), American actress, known for her role on the daytime soap opera All My Children
  • Basil Lanneau Gildersleeve (1831-1924), American classical scholar, member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters


  1. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)


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