Gilles History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The distinguished Gilles 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.

Early Origins of the Gilles family

The surname Gilles 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.

Important Dates for the Gilles family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gilles research. Another 62 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1240, 1369, 1460, 1697, 1771 and are included under the topic Early Gilles History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Gilles Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Gilles family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Gilles family to Ireland

Some of the Gilles family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 50 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Gilles migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Gilles Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Gilles, who arrived in Virginia in 1658 [1]
  • Edward Gilles Jr. settled in Barbados in 1680
Gilles Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Gilles, who arrived in Virginia in 1705 [1]
  • Melchior Gilles, who arrived in New York, NY in 1708 [1]
  • Markham Gilles, who landed in Virginia in 1776 [1]
Gilles Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • George Gilles, who settled in Philadelphia in 1812
  • Catherine Gilles, who arrived in New York, NY in 1836 [1]
  • Eliza Gilles, who arrived in New York, NY in 1836 [1]
  • William Gilles, who landed in New York, NY in 1836 [1]
  • George Gilles, aged 1, who landed in New York, NY in 1847 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Gilles migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Gilles Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • Michel Gilles, aged 25, who landed in Montreal in 1653
  • Theodore Gilles, who arrived in Montreal in 1653
  • Michel Gilles, who landed in Montreal in 1664
Gilles Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Archibald Gilles U.E. who settled in Carleton [Saint John City], New Brunswick c. 1784 [2]

Gilles migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Gilles Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Osmond Gilles, aged 48, a colonial treasurer, who arrived in Kangaroo Island aboard the ship "Buffalo" in 1836 [3]
  • Lewis Gilles, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Isabella" in 1837 [4]
  • Mary Gilles, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Isabella" in 1837 [4]
  • Osmond Horne Gilles, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Isabella" in 1837 [4]
  • Alfred William Gilles, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Isabella" in 1837 [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Gilles (post 1700)

  • Ralph Victor Gilles (b. 1970), American-born, Canadian automobile designer and executive, President and CEO of Chrysler's SRT brand and Senior Vice President of Design at Chrysler
  • Todd Gilles (b. 1986), American ice dancer
  • Alexe Gilles (b. 1992), American figure skater, 2008 U.S. Junior Champion and 2008 Junior Grand Prix Final bronze medalist
  • Robert Gilles, American politician, Representative from New York 3rd District, 1882 [5]
  • Patrick Gilles, American politician, Supervisor of Bridgeport Township, Michigan, 2007-09 [5]
  • Geneviève Gilles (b. 1946), born Geneviève Gillaizeau, a French actress who was the lover of film producer Darryl Zanuck (1965–1973)
  • Jean Gilles (1904-1961), French General
  • Jean Gilles (1668-1705), French composer
  • François Gilles Guillot, French Brigadier General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 [6]
  • Marcel Gilles Dagenais, Canadian economist in Verdun, Quebec

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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)
  2. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HMS BUFFALO 1836. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1836Buffalo.htm
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ISABELLA 1837. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1837Isabella.gif
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 10) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  6. ^ Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, March 6) François Guillot. Retrieved from http://www.napoleon-series.org/research/c_frenchgenerals.html
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