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The Hebrides islands and the west coast of Scotland are the ancestral home of the Gilkerson family. Their name comes from the Gaelic "Gille Criosd", which means "the servant of Christ".

Gilkerson Early Origins



The surname Gilkerson 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.

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Gilkerson Spelling Variations


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Gilkerson 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. Gilkerson has been written as Gilchristson, Gilkerson, Gilkison, Gilcriston, Gilkersone, MacGilchrist, McGilchrist, Gilchristoun, Kilkerson, Gilkisone, Gilkrisoune, Gilkcrissone and many more.

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Gilkerson Early History


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Gilkerson Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gilkerson research. Another 175 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1600, 1680 and 1800 are included under the topic Early Gilkerson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Gilkerson Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Gilkerson Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Gilkerson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Gilkerson In Ireland


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Gilkerson In Ireland



Some of the Gilkerson 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.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Ancestors of many of the Dalriadan families who crossed the Atlantic still live along the east coast of the United States and Canada. Some Scottish settlers arrived in Canada during the American War of Independence as United Empire Loyalists, while others stayed south to fight for a new nation. The descendants of Scottish settlers in both countries began to rediscover their heritage in the 19th and 20th centuries through Clan societies and highland games. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Gilkerson or a variant listed above:

Gilkerson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • George Gilkerson, who landed in New York in 1848
  • L Gilkerson, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • D Gilkerson, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851

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Contemporary Notables of the name Gilkerson (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Gilkerson (post 1700)



  • John Gilkerson (b. 1985), American soccer player
  • James E. Gilkerson, American Republican politician, Candidate for South Dakota State House of Representatives 4th District, 2010

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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    2. Martine, Roddy, Roderick Martine and Don Pottinger. Scottish Clan and Family Names Their Arms, Origins and Tartans. Edinburgh: Mainstream, 1992. Print.
    3. Scarlett, James D. Tartan The Highland Textile. London: Shepheard-Walwyn, 1990. Print. (ISBN 0-85683-120-4).
    4. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    5. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry Including American Families with British Ancestry 2 Volumes. London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    6. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Scots Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Mordern Application of the Art and Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
    7. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    8. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    9. 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).
    10. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Socts Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Modern Application of the Art of Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
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    The Gilkerson Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gilkerson 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 10 December 2015 at 10:01.

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