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Where did the Scottish Gill family come from? What is the Scottish Gill family crest and coat of arms? When did the Gill family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Gill family history?

The distinguished Gill family, which is intricately woven into the intricate tapestry of Scottish history, finds its origin with the proud Norman people. Although the Normans came from France, they were actually of Viking origin. The Vikings landed in the Orkneys and northern Scotland under their king, Stirgud the Stout, around 870. Subsequently, led by their jarl, Thorfinn Rollo, they invaded France around 911. After Rollo laid siege to Paris, King Charles the Simple of France finally conceded defeat and granted northern France to Rollo, who became the first Duke of Normandy.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Gill, Gille, Gills, Gilles, Gyll, Gylls and others.

First found in Yorkshire, where they had been granted lands by King William for their assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D. It was first recorded in the Domesday Book in the northern county of Yorkshire in 1086. Gamel filius Gille was granted more lands in Yorkshire near the other family estates in 1185. Henry Gille moved the family name to Cumberland in 1200 and the family gave its name to the village of Gilsland.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gill research. Another 123 words(9 lines of text) covering the years 1240, 1369, 1460, 1697, 1771 and are included under the topic Early Gill History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 27 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gill Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Gill family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 87 words(6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Gill Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Allexander Gill, who landed in Virginia in 1623
  • Alexander Gill, who arrived in Jamestown, Va in 1624
  • Alexander Gill settled in Virginia in 1624
  • Arthur Gill settled in Maine in 1630
  • Jon Gill, who arrived in Virginia in 1633


Gill Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Hugh Gill, who landed in Virginia in 1703
  • kaiak Gill, who landed in Virginia in 1703
  • Jos Gill, who arrived in Virginia in 1704
  • Frances Gill, who landed in Virginia in 1713
  • Henry Gill settled in South Carolina in 1716


Gill Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Matthew Gill, who arrived in New York in 1807
  • John, Gill Jr., who arrived in New York in 1807
  • Arthur Gill, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1807
  • George Gill, who landed in New York in 1807
  • Anthony Gill, who arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1811


Gill Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Patrick Gill was a servant in Little Placentia, Newfoundland in 1730
  • Michael Gill from Charlestown (New England) was a merchant of St. John's in 1730
  • Capt Gill, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • John Gill from Wimborne, Dorset, was an apprentice at Carbonear in 1777

Gill Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • John Gill, aged 21, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1834 aboard the brig "Sea Horse" from Galway
  • Anne Gill, aged 25, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1834 aboard the brig "Preston" from Sligo
  • Rose Gill, aged 3, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1834 aboard the brig "Preston" from Sligo
  • John Gill, aged 23, a boatman, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Perseus" in 1834
  • Henry Gill, aged 18, a farmer, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Perseus" in 1834


Gill Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Mary Ann Gill, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on December 14, 1835, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Austraila
  • Daniel Gill arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Royal Admiral" in 1838
  • Samuel Gill arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Caroline" in 1839
  • Winifred Gill arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Caroline" in 1839
  • Samuel Thomas Gill arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Caroline" in 1839


Gill Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • William Gill landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1841
  • John Gill, aged 23, a farm labourer, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Gertrude" in 1841
  • Amelia Gill, aged 33, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Gertrude" in 1841
  • Frederick Gill, aged 1, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Gertrude" in 1841
  • John Gill landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1842


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  • Mrs. Catherine Gill (d. 1915), American 2nd Class passenger from Gillespie, Illinois, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking and was recovered
  • Riley Gill (b. 1985), American professional ice hockey goaltender
  • Harold Priestley Gill III (b. 1975), American professional NHL ice hockey defenseman
  • Irving John "Jack' Gill (1870-1936), American architect, a pioneer of the modern movement in architecture
  • Eddie Gill (b. 1978), American professional basketball player
  • Johnny Gill (b. 1966), American singer, songwriter and actor
  • Vincent Grant "Vince" Gill (b. 1957), American country singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, awarded 18 CMA Awards, 20 Grammy Awards, more than any other male Country music artist
  • Theodore Nicholas Gill (1837-1914), American ichthyologist, mammalogist, malacologist and librarian, Professor of zoology at George Washington University
  • Major-General William Hanson Gill (1886-1976), American Commanding General 32nd Division, New Guinea-Philippines (1943-1946)
  • Lesley Gill, American author and a professor of anthropology at Vanderbilt University

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  • Baxter-Short, Miller-Gill, and Related Families by Mary Cynthia Harrell.
  • The Descendants of Thomas & Sarah (Bennett) Gill and Related Families, Including English Emigrants, Palatines, Puritans, Mayflower Immigrants, and Royal Lineage by Vivian York Simms.
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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: In te Domine spes nostra
Motto Translation: Our hope is in thee, O Lord

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The Gill Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gill 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 17 March 2015 at 01:02.

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