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The Norman Conquest of England of 1066 added many new elements to the already vibrant culture. Among these were thousands of new names. The Gilham name is derived from the Old French given name Guillaume. The name Guillaume was modified into two forms after arriving in England: Gillham and William.

Gilham Early Origins



The surname Gilham was first found in Suffolk where Giliana was listed in the Feet of Fines in 1198. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
Many of the family stayed in Normandy as in the same year, Udon Galien was listed there. [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
Due the the prevalence to the often personal name, the name was scattered in early censuses as show by the Rotuli Hundredorum of 1279 which listed Gilianus de Levekenore Buckinghamshire and Adam filius Jellion in Cheshire. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)

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Gilham Spelling Variations


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Gilham Spelling Variations



Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Gillham, Gillam, Gilliam, Gilham, Gillem, Gillum, Giliam, Gwillam, Gwillham, Gwilliam, Gwilham, Gyllham, Gylham and many more.

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Gilham Early History


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Gilham Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gilham research. Another 189 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1276, 1283, 1379, 1524, 1636, 1682, 1665, 1701, 1690 and 1699 are included under the topic Early Gilham History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Gilham Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Gilham Early Notables (pre 1700)



Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Zachariah Gillam (Guillam) (1636-1682) American sea captain involved in the early days of the Hudson's Bay Company. Benjamin Gillam, American sea captain, brother of Zachariah, who in 1665 commanded the Charles which brought Radisson and Groseilliers to England where they began the foundation...

Another 90 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gilham Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Gilham or a variant listed above were:

Gilham Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Susan Gilham made her home in Jamaica in 1661
  • Susan Gilham settled in Jamaica in 1661
  • John Gilham settled in Jamaica in 1680
  • John Gilham who settled in Barbados in 1680

Gilham Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Joseph Gilham settled in Virginia in 1738

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Contemporary Notables of the name Gilham (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Gilham (post 1700)



  • William Henry Gilham (1818-1872), American Confederate Army soldier, teacher, chemist, and author
  • George Gilham (1899-1937), American Major League Baseball catcher who played from 1920 to 1921 for the St. Louis Cardinals
  • Anthony "Tony" Allen Gilham (b. 1979), British auto racing driver, founder of the Tony Gilham Racing team
  • Stephen Gilham (b. 1984), Australian rules football player with the Greater Western Sydney Football Club
  • Cheyrl "Cherri" Gilham (b. 1944), British comedy actress, one of the first Page 3 girls, known for Girls Come First (1975), The Man Who Couldn't Get Enough (1974) and What's on Next? (1976)

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)

Other References

  1. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  2. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  3. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  4. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  5. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  6. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  7. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  8. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  10. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
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The Gilham Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gilham 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.

This page was last modified on 18 December 2015 at 18:49.

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