Gilkersone comes from the ancient Dalriadan clans of Scotland's west coast and Hebrides
islands. The name comes from the Gaelic "Gille Criosd", which means "the servant of Christ".
Early Origins of the Gilkersone family
The surname Gilkersone 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 Gilkersone family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gilkersone research.Another 175 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1600, 1680 and 1800 are included under the topic Early Gilkersone History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Gilkersone Spelling Variations
The translation of Gaelic names in the Middle Ages was not a task undertaken with great care. Records from that era show an enormous number of spelling variations
, even in names referring to the same person. Over the years Gilkersone has appeared as Gilchristson, Gilkerson, Gilkison, Gilcriston, Gilkersone, MacGilchrist, McGilchrist, Gilchristoun, Kilkerson, Gilkisone, Gilkrisoune, Gilkcrissone and many more.
Early Notables of the Gilkersone family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Gilkersone family to Ireland
Some of the Gilkersone 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 Gilkersone family to the New World and Oceana
Many of the ancestors of Dalriadan families who arrived in North America still live in communities along the east coast of Canada and the United States. In the American War of Independence
many of the original settlers traveled north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries the ancestors of many Scots began recovering their collective national heritage through Clan
societies, highland games, and other patriotic events. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Gilkersone or a variant listed above: Archibald and Robert Gilkeson settled in Augusta County, Virginia in 1767.