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The Gilielan surname is a reduced Anglicized form of the Irish Gaelic Mac Gille Fhaoláin, which means "son of the servant of St Faolán." While the name may have originated in Ireland, this line was extant by the beginning of the 17th century, only to find many of the family to return to Ireland about 100 years later with the Plantation of Ulster.

Gilielan Early Origins



The surname Gilielan was first found in Midlothian, where Gilbert McGillelane or McGillolane was listed as captain of Clan Connan of Galloway during the reign of David II (1324-1371). Also during this time, Ingeram M'Gillelan held a lease of lands in the barony of Redcastle in 1372. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)

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Gilielan Spelling Variations


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Gilielan Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Gilleland, Gillieland, Gillsland, Gilsland, Gillesland, Gillerlaine, Gillerland, Gillisland, Gillan, Gillander, Gilander, MacGillanders and many more.

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Gilielan Early History


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Gilielan Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gilielan research. Another 177 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1206, 1667, 1735, 1731, 1735, and 1847 are included under the topic Early Gilielan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Gilielan Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Gilielan Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gilielan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Gilielan In Ireland


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Gilielan In Ireland



Some of the Gilielan family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 241 words (17 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included 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



Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: C. Gillanders who settled in Baltimore in 1822; John Gilliland settled in New England in 1685; James Gilliland arrived in Philadelphia in 1843.

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