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The original Gaelic form of Gillan was O Giollain, from the word "giolla," which means "lad."

Gillan Early Origins



The surname Gillan was first found in County Donegal (Irish: Dún na nGall), northwest Ireland in the province of Ulster, sometimes referred to as County Tyrconnel, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

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Gillan Spelling Variations


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Gillan Spelling Variations



Names during the Middle Ages were often recorded under several different spelling variations during the life of their bearers. Literacy was rare at that time and so how a person's name was recorded was decided by the individual scribe. Variations of the name Gillan include Gillan, Gillinan, Gillen, Gillon, Gillfinan, Gillion and many more.

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Gillan Early History


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Gillan Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gillan research. Another 171 words (12 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gillan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Gillan Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Gillan Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Gillan 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



Many destitute Irish families in the 18th and 19th centuries decided to leave their homeland, which had in many ways been scarred by English colonial rule. One of the most frequent destinations for these families was North America where it was possible for an Irish family to own their own parcel of land. Many of the early settlers did find land awaiting them in British North America, or even later in America, but for the majority of immigrants that arrived as a result of the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s the ownership of land was often a long way off. These Irish people were initially put to work on such industrial projects as the building of bridges, canals, and railroads, or they worked at manufacturing positions within factories. Whenever they arrived, the Irish made enormous contributions to the infant nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the earliest immigrants to bearer the name of Gillan were found through extensive research of immigration and passenger lists:

Gillan Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Hugh Gillan, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1746

Gillan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • James Gillan settled in New York in 1803
  • George Gillan, aged 30, arrived in New York in 1812
  • Mich Gillan, who landed in New York, NY in 1812
  • Sally Gillan, who arrived in New York, NY in 1815
  • Darby Gillan, who landed in New York, NY in 1815
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Gillan Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Eliza Gillan, aged 3 months who emigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Agent" departing from the port of New Ross, Ireland but died on Grosse Isle in July 1847 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 30)
  • Mr. James Gillan, aged 36 who emigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Agent" departing from the port of New Ross, Ireland but died on Grosse Isle on July 9th, 1847 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 30)
  • Minnie Gillan, who arrived in Esquimalt, British Columbia in 1862

Gillan Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Mary Gillan arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Superb" in 1839 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SUPERB 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Superb.htm
  • David Gillan, aged 34, a bricklayer, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "William Stevenson"

Gillan Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Sarah Gillan, aged 29, a domestic servant, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Apelles" in 1878

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Contemporary Notables of the name Gillan (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Gillan (post 1700)



  • Maria Mazziotti Gillan (b. 1940), American poet
  • Lisa Roberts Gillan (b. 1965), American actress
  • W. Rush Gillan, American politician, Member of Pennsylvania State House of Representatives from Franklin County, 1891-92
  • Kim J. Gillan, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Montana, 2008
  • Henry E. Gillan, American politician, Mayor of El Cerrito, California, 1956-58
  • George C. Gillan, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Nebraska, 1912
  • Charles H. Gillan, American Democrat politician, Chair of Franklin County Democratic Party, 1937; Candidate for Presidential Elector for Pennsylvania, 1956
  • Felix Gillan (1904-1986), Scottish professional footballer
  • Robert Gillan (d. 1879), Church of Scotland minister
  • James Gillan, Scottish stage actor
  • ... (Another 4 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Gillan Historic Events


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Gillan Historic Events




HMS Hood

  • Mr. Joseph Gillan (b. 1920), Scottish Marine serving for the Royal Marine from Musselburgh, Midlothian, Scotland, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 30)
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SUPERB 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Superb.htm

Other References

  1. Woodham-Smith, Cecil. The Great Hunger Ireland 1845-1849. New York: Old Town Books, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-385-3).
  2. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  3. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
  4. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  5. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of Ireland. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1969. Print.
  6. Harris, Ruth-Ann and B. Emer O'Keefe. The Search for Missing Friends Irish Immigrant Advertisements Placed in the Boston Pilot Volume II 1851-1853. Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1991. Print.
  7. MacLysaght, Edward. Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7).
  8. 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).
  9. Kennedy, Patrick. Kennedy's Book of Arms. Canterbury: Achievements, 1967. Print.
  10. O'Hart, John. Irish Pedigress 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4).
  11. ...

The Gillan Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gillan 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.

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