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

Gillen Early Origins



The surname Gillen 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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Gillen Spelling Variations


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Gillen Spelling Variations



The search for the origins of the name Gillen family name revealed numerous spelling variations. These variants can be somewhat accounted for when it is realized that before widespread literacy people only recognized their name by pronunciation; it was up to scribes to decide how it was to be formally recorded. Variations found include Gillan, Gillinan, Gillen, Gillon, Gillfinan, Gillion and many more.

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Gillen Early History


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Gillen Early History



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

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Gillen Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Gillen Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Gillen 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



Thousands of Irish left in their homeland in the 18th and 19th centuries to escape the religious and political discrimination they experienced primarily at the hands of the English, and in the search of a plot of land to call their own. These immigrants arrived at the eastern shores of North America, early on settling and breaking the land, and, later, building the bridges, canals, and railroads essential to the emerging nations of United States and Canada. Many others would toil for low wages in the dangerous factories of the day. Although there had been a steady migration of Irish to North America over these years, the greatest influx of Irish immigrants came to North America during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the Irish name Gillen or a variant listed above:

Gillen Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Bridget Gillen, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1812 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Grace Gillen, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1812 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Thomas Gillen, aged 47, who landed in New York in 1812 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Henry Gillen, who landed in New York, NY in 1815 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • John Gillen, who arrived in New York, NY in 1816 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Gillen Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Mich Gillen, who landed in Canada in 1812
  • Mich Gillen, aged 18, who arrived in Canada in 1812

Gillen Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Gillen, aged 28, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Sea Park"
  • Michael Gillen, aged 19, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Fitzjames"
  • James Gillen, aged 16, a farm labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Henry Moore"
  • Philip Gillen, aged 23, a farm labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Henry Moore"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Gillen (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Gillen (post 1700)



  • George H. Gillen, American Democrat politician, Candidate for New York State Senate 25th District, 1926
  • Francis H. Gillen, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1960
  • Drew Gillen, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 1964
  • Courtland Craig Gillen (1880-1954), American Democrat politician, U.S. Representative from Indiana 5th District, 1931-33; Circuit Judge in Indiana, 1934-40
  • Charles P. Gillen (1876-1956), American Democrat politician, Mayor of Newark, New Jersey, 1917-21; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 1932
  • Blake Gillen, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 1964
  • Albert Gillen, American politician, Representative from Massachusetts 6th District, 1898, 1900
  • Hugh H. Gillen, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Minnesota, 1924
  • J. P. Gillen, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Texas 8th District, 1933
  • Jerry T. Gillen, American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for Ohio, 1972
  • ... (Another 18 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)

Other References

  1. Somerset Fry, Peter and Fiona Somerset Fry. A History of Ireland. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1993. Print. (ISBN 1-56619-215-3).
  2. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  3. McDonnell, Frances. Emigrants from Ireland to America 1735-1743 A Transcription of the report of the Irish House of Commons into Enforced emigration to America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1331-5).
  4. Sullivan, Sir Edward. The Book of Kells 3rd Edition. New York: Crescent Books, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-517-61987-3).
  5. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  6. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  7. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  8. Woodham-Smith, Cecil. The Great Hunger Ireland 1845-1849. New York: Old Town Books, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-385-3).
  9. Johnson, Daniel F. Irish Emigration to New England Through the Port of Saint John, New Brunswick Canada 1841-1849. Baltimore, Maryland: Clearfield, 1996. Print.
  10. Grehan, Ida. Dictionary of Irish Family Names. Boulder: Roberts Rinehart, 1997. Print. (ISBN 1-57098-137-X).
  11. ...

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