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Where did the French Gilhot family come from? What is the French Gilhot family crest and coat of arms? When did the Gilhot family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Gilhot family history?

The French name Gilhot first arose during the Medieval period in the Languedoc region. It is derived from when the family having lived in Languedoc.


French surnames were subject to numerous alterations in spelling because of the various cultural groups that inhabited specific regions. Eventually, each region possessed its own local dialect of the French language. The early development of the French language, however, was also influenced by other languages. For example, Old French was infused with Germanic words and sounds when barbarian tribes invaded and settled in France after the fall of the Roman Empire. Middle French also borrowed heavily from the Italian language during the Renaissance. As a result of these linguistic and cultural influences, the name Gilhot is distinguished by a number of regional variations. The many spelling variations of the name include Guilhot, Guilot, Guillhot, Guillot, Guillut, Guilut, Guilhut, Gillot, Gilhot and many more.

First found in Languedoc, where the family has held a family seat since very early times.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gilhot research. Another 296 words(21 lines of text) covering the year 1789 is included under the topic Early Gilhot History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Gilhot Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Immigration to New France was slow; therefore, early marriage was desperately encouraged amongst the immigrants. The fur trade attracted migrants, both noble and commoner. 15,000 explorers left Montreal in the late 17th and 18th centuries. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. By the same year the Acadian presence in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island had reached 500. In 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England and were deported to Louisiana. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The distinguished family name Gilhot has made significant contributions to the culture, arts, sciences and religion of France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Gilhot were Hennemon Guillot settled in Louisiana in 1752; Jacques Guillot settled in Louisiana in 1756; François Gillot, aged 13; settled in Louisiana in 1719; Samuel Gillot settled in New York in 1741.


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The Gilhot Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gilhot 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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