Many Irish names are merely English translations of Gaelic names. The name Gilgen was a translation of the Gaelic name Mac Giollagain, which is derived from the word "giolla," which means "lad."
Early Origins of the Gilgen family
The surname Gilgen was first found in County Londonderry
(Irish: Doire), a Northern Irish county also known as Derry, in the province of Ulster
, where they held a family seat
at a place called Magilligans Strand.
Early History of the Gilgen family
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Gilgen Spelling Variations
Many different spelling variations
of the surname Gilgen were found in the archives researched. These included Scribes and church officials generally spelled a name as it sounded; as a result, a person's name could be spelt innumerable ways in his lifetime. Gilligan, Gilegan, Gillegan, Giligan and others.
Early Notables of the Gilgen family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Gilgen family to the New World and Oceana
North America received thousands of Irish immigrants from the English-ruled Ireland
during the 19th century. Once in the United States or what would become Canada, these immigrants quickly contributed to the ongoing settling and industrialization processes. The largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine
of the late 1840s. An exhaustive examination of immigrant and passenger lists has shown many early immigrants bearing the surname of Gilgen: Charles, James, John, Michael, Patrick and Thomas Gilligan, all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1870.