Gilespee History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

In Ireland, the name Gillespie is the usual modern form of MacGillespick, or "Mac Giolla Epscoip," which means "son of the servant or follower of the bishop."

Early Origins of the Gilespee family

The surname Gilespee was first found in County Donegal (Irish: Dún na nGall), northwest Ireland in the province of Ulster, sometimes referred to as County Tyrconnel, where they had been documented in Ireland since the invasion led by Strongbow, the Earl of Pembroke in 1172.

Important Dates for the Gilespee family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gilespee research. Another 91 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1567, 1766, and 1814 are included under the topic Early Gilespee History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Gilespee Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Gillespie, Gillespick, MacGillespie, MacGillespick, Glaspey, Clubsy and many more.

Early Notables of the Gilespee family (pre 1700)

Another 32 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gilespee Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Gilespee family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Matthew Gilespy, who settled in Charleston in 1767; James Gilespie arrived in Philadelphia in 1861; Neil Gillespie with his wife Mary arrived in New York State in 1739 with his two sons, Gilbert and Angus.

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