England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The name Gilet comes from a diminution of the medieval given name Giles. That name is derived from the Greek aigidion, which means kid, or young goat. CITATION[CLOSE]
Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York, Harper & Row, 1956. Print
Early Origins of the Gilet family
Norfolk where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Gilet family
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Gilet Spelling Variations
hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Gilet are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Gilet include Gillette, Gilliott, Gillet, Gillott, Gillett and others.
Early Notables of the Gilet family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Gilet family to Ireland
Some of the Gilet family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Gilet family to the New World and Oceana
Faced with the chaos present in England at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia and Ireland in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Gilet, or a variant listed above: Jonathan and Nathan Gillett sailed in the " John and Mary" and settled in Dorchester in 1635 where they became Freemen. Joseph Gillott arrived in New York State in 1830..
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