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Gillam is a name that came to England in the 11th century wave of migration that was set off by the Norman Conquest of 1066. Gillam comes from the Old French given name Guillaume. The name Guillaume was modified into two forms after arriving in England: Gillham and William.

Gillam Early Origins



The surname Gillam was first found in Suffolk where Giliana was listed in the Feet of Fines in 1198. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
Many of the family stayed in Normandy as in the same year, Udon Galien was listed there. [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
Due the the prevalence to the often personal name, the name was scattered in early censuses as show by the Rotuli Hundredorum of 1279 which listed Gilianus de Levekenore Buckinghamshire and Adam filius Jellion in Cheshire. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)

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Gillam Spelling Variations


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Gillam Spelling Variations



Before the last few hundred years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Gillam were recorded, including Gillham, Gillam, Gilliam, Gilham, Gillem, Gillum, Giliam, Gwillam, Gwillham, Gwilliam, Gwilham, Gyllham, Gylham and many more.

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Gillam Early History


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Gillam Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gillam research. Another 189 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1276, 1283, 1379, 1524, 1636, 1682, 1665, 1701, 1690 and 1699 are included under the topic Early Gillam History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Gillam Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Gillam Early Notables (pre 1700)



Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Zachariah Gillam (Guillam) (1636-1682) American sea captain involved in the early days of the Hudson's Bay Company. Benjamin Gillam, American sea captain, brother of Zachariah, who in 1665 commanded the Charles which brought Radisson and Groseilliers to England where they began the foundation...

Another 90 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gillam Notables 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



The unstable environment in England at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland, Australia, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Gillam arrived in North America very early:

Gillam Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Benjamin Gillam settled in Boston in 1630
  • Joe, Thomas and William Gillam settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Ann Gillam, aged 28, landed in New England in 1635
  • Benjamin Gillam, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1635
  • Jo Gillam, aged 21, landed in Virginia in 1635
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Gillam Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Joseph Gillam arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Madawaska" in 1849

Gillam Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Walter S. Gillam, aged 21, arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Apelles" in 1874

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Contemporary Notables of the name Gillam (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Gillam (post 1700)



  • Charles W. Gillam (1861-1933), American politician, State senator for Minnesota
  • Bernhard Gillam (1856-1896), English-born American political cartoonist
  • George Edwin Gillam (b. 1863), American Republican politician, Member of Michigan State House of Representatives from Iosco District, 1897-1900
  • E. O. Gillam, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 1940
  • Charles W. Gillam (b. 1861), American politician, Mayor of Windom, Minnesota; Member of Minnesota State Senate 10th District, 1915-26; Defeated, 1926
  • Tony Gillam (b. 1961), English writer and musician
  • Sean Gillam (b. 1976), retired Canadian professional NHL ice hockey defenceman for the Detroit Red Wings
  • Emily Gillam (b. 1977), New Zealand bronze medalist field hockey player at the 1998 Commonwealth Games
  • Ray Gillam, Australian rugby league player

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ 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)

Other References

  1. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  2. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  3. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  4. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  5. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  6. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  7. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  8. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  9. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
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The Gillam Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gillam 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 13 December 2015 at 20:31.

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