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The distinguished Gillay 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.

Gillay Early Origins



The surname Gillay was 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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Gillay Spelling Variations


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Gillay Spelling Variations



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

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Gillay Early History


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Gillay Early History



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

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Gillay Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Gillay Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 21 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gillay Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Gillay In Ireland


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Gillay In Ireland



Some of the Gillay 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 and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Arthur Gill, a shipwright, who landed in Dorchester in 1639; Alexander Gill settled in Virginia in 1624; Arthur Gill settled in Maine in 1630; Henry Gill settled in South Carolina in 1716.

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Motto



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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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bloxham, Ben. Key to Parochial Registers of Scotland From Earliest Times Through 1854 2nd edition. Provo, UT: Stevenson's Genealogical Center, 1979. Print.
    2. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    3. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry Including American Families with British Ancestry 2 Volumes. London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    4. Scots Kith and Kin And Illustrated Map Revised 2nd Edition. Edinburgh: Clan House/Albyn. Print.
    5. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    6. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    7. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Socts Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Modern Application of the Art of Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
    8. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    9. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    10. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
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    The Gillay Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gillay 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 16 October 2014 at 13:06.

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