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The age-old Pictish-Scottish family name Gilfillan is derived from the Gaelic name Gille Fhaolain, which means servant of St. Fillan. Patronymic names often substituted the name of a saint or other revered religious figure in place of a devout bearer's actual father.
The surname Gilfillan was first found in Fife, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
In medieval Scotland, names were more often spelled according to sound than any regular set of rules. An enormous number of spelling variations were the result. Over the years, the name Gilfillan has been spelled Gilfillan, Gilfilland, Gilfillen, Gilfillian, Gilfillin, Gilfillon, Gillfillan, Gillfilland, Gillfillen, Gillfillian and many more.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gilfillan research. Another 152 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1215, 1275, 1296, 1477, and 1516 are included under the topic Early Gilfillan History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Gilfillan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
In such difficult times, Ireland, Australia, and North America looked like better homes for many Scots. The trips were expensive and grueling, but also rewarding, as the colonies were havens for those unwelcome in the old country. That legacy did not die easily, though, and many were forced to fight for their freedom in the American War of Independence. The Scottish legacy has resurface in more recent times, though, through Clan societies, highland games, and other organizations. Immigration and passenger lists have shown many early immigrants bearing the old Scottish name of Gilfillan:
Gilfillan Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Gilfillan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Gilfillan Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
Gilfillan Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
The Gilfillan Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gilfillan Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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