Show ContentsGillbee History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Gillbee family

The surname Gillbee was first found in Lincolnshire at Gilby, a hamlet in the parish of Pilham. [1] However, more records point to Leicestershire where the surname was descended from the tenant of the lands of Galby or Gilby held by Robert Burdet's son from Hugh Grandesnil, a Norman noble who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086.

The earliest record of the family was Geoffrey Gilbe who was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of Leicestershire in 1327. A few years later, John Gilby was listed in 1414. [2]

Early History of the Gillbee family

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Gillbee Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Gilby, Gilbey, Gilbie, Guilbey, Gillbie, Gillby and others.

Early Notables of the Gillbee family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Anthony Gilby (c.1510-1585), an English clergyman and preacher in Leicestershire, known as a radical Puritan and translator of the Geneva Bible. "He was born in Lincolnshire, and educated at Christ's College, Cambridge, where he graduated B.A. 1531 and a M.A. in 1535. He had two sons and two...
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United States Gillbee migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Gillbee Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Carrie L. Gillbee, aged 26, who landed in America, in 1895
  • Manuel A. F. Gillbee, aged 30, who settled in America, in 1895

Contemporary Notables of the name Gillbee (post 1700) +

  • Jacob Gillbee (b. 1992), Australian rules footballer

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