The ancestors of the Gilkersum family come from the ancient Scottish kingdom of Dalriada. The family name comes from the Gaelic "Gille Criosd", which means "the servant of Christ".
Early Origins of the Gilkersum family
The surname Gilkersum 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 Gilkersum family
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Gilkersum Spelling Variations
Historical recordings of the name Gilkersum include many spelling variations
. They are the result of repeated translations of the name from Gaelic to English and inconsistencies in spelling rules. They include Gilchristson, Gilkerson, Gilkison, Gilcriston, Gilkersone, MacGilchrist, McGilchrist, Gilchristoun, Kilkerson, Gilkisone, Gilkrisoune, Gilkcrissone and many more.
Early Notables of the Gilkersum family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Gilkersum family to Ireland
Some of the Gilkersum 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 Gilkersum family to the New World and Oceana
Dalriadan families proliferated in North America. Their descendants still populate many communities in the eastern parts of both the United States and Canada. Some settled in Canada as United Empire Loyalists, in the wake of the American War of Independence
. Families on both sides of the border have recovered much of their heritage in the 20th century through Clan
societies and highland games. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Gilkersum or a variant listed above: Archibald and Robert Gilkeson settled in Augusta County, Virginia in 1767.