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Early Origins of the Gillbey family

The surname Gillbey 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 Gillbey family

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Gillbey Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Gillbey 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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Migration of the Gillbey family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Robert Gilby, who arrived in Barbados in 1634; Jacob Gilby, a servant sent to Virginia in 1666; Thomas Gilbey, who came to Maryland in 1668; Ann Gilby, who arrived in Maryland in 1673.

  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