The Gillelan surname is a reduced Anglicized form of the Irish Gaelic Mac Gille Fhaoláin, which means "son of the servant of St Faolán." While the name may have originated in Ireland
, this line was extant by the beginning of the 17th century, only to find many of the family to return to Ireland
about 100 years later with the Plantation of Ulster
Early Origins of the Gillelan family
The surname Gillelan was first found in Midlothian
, where Gilbert McGillelane or McGillolane was listed as captain of Clan
Connan of Galloway
during the reign of David II (1324-1371). Also during this time, Ingeram M'Gillelan held a lease of lands in the barony of Redcastle in 1372. CITATION[CLOSE]
Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
Early History of the Gillelan family
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Gillelan Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Gilleland, Gillieland, Gillsland, Gilsland, Gillesland, Gillerlaine, Gillerland, Gillisland, Gillan, Gillander, Gilander, MacGillanders and many more.
Early Notables of the Gillelan family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Gillelan family to Ireland
Some of the Gillelan family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Gillelan family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: C. Gillanders who settled in Baltimore in 1822; John Gilliland settled in New England
in 1685; James Gilliland arrived in Philadelphia in 1843.
Contemporary Notables of the name Gillelan (post 1700)
- Jopshua T. Gillelan II, American lawyer
- Charles G. Gillelan, American World War I Honor Roll recipient
- G. Howard Gillelan, American author