Gilks History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Gilks family

The surname Gilks was first found in Cambridgeshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 13th century when they held estates in that shire.

Early History of the Gilks family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gilks research. Another 68 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1455 and 1487 are included under the topic Early Gilks History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Gilks Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Gilkes, Gelkes, Jilkes, Gilks, Gilkins, Gilkin, Jelkes, Jelks, Jelke, Jilke, Jilk, Gilk, Gilks, Gelke, Gelkes and many more.

Early Notables of the Gilks family (pre 1700)

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United States Gilks migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Gilks Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Edward Gilks, aged 22, who landed in North Carolina in 1774 [1]

Australia Gilks migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Gilks Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. George Gilks, English convict who was convicted in Warwick, Warwickshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Blenheim" on 11th March 1837, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [2]

New Zealand Gilks migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Gilks Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mary Gilks, aged 20, a cook, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Conflict" in 1874
  • Daniel Gilks, aged 18, a labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "La Hogue" in 1874

Contemporary Notables of the name Gilks (post 1700) +

  • Martin Gilks, English musician
  • Matthew Gilks (b. 1982), English footballer
  • Alfred Gilks (1891-1970), cinematographer

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 15th October 2020). Retrieved from on Facebook
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