The Gilkersom family history stretches back to the clans of the Dalriadan kingdom on the sea-swept Hebrides
islands and mountainous western coast of Scotland
. The name Gilkersom is derived from the Gaelic "Gille Criosd", which means "the servant of Christ".
Early Origins of the Gilkersom family
The surname Gilkersom was first found in Angus
(Gaelic: Aonghas), part of the Tayside region of northeastern Scotland
, and present day Council Area of Angus
, formerly known as Forfar or Forfarshire
, where they held a family seat
some say as far back as the 12th century. The first record of the name was in Cupar-Angus in the 15th century where they held a family seat at Murthly in Atholl, in the parish of Little Dunkeld in Perthshire.
Early History of the Gilkersom family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gilkersom research.Another 175 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1600, 1680 and 1800 are included under the topic Early Gilkersom History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Gilkersom Spelling Variations
Medieval translation of Gaelic names could not be referred to as an accurate process. Spelling was not yet standardized, and names in documents from that era are riddled with spelling variations
. Gilkersom has been written as Gilchristson, Gilkerson, Gilkison, Gilcriston, Gilkersone, MacGilchrist, McGilchrist, Gilchristoun, Kilkerson, Gilkisone, Gilkrisoune, Gilkcrissone and many more.
Early Notables of the Gilkersom family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Gilkersom family to Ireland
Some of the Gilkersom family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 45 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Gilkersom family to the New World and Oceana
The descendants of the Dalriadan families who made the great crossing of the Atlantic still dot communities along the east coast of the United States and Canada. In the American War of Independence
, many of the settlers traveled north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Clan
societies and highland games have allowed Canadian and American families of Scottish descent to recover much of their lost heritage. Investigation of the origins of family names on the North American continent has revealed that early immigrants bearing the name Gilkersom or a variant listed above include: Archibald and Robert Gilkeson settled in Augusta County, Virginia in 1767.