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The Gilleslen 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 Gilleslen family


The surname Gilleslen 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. [1]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)

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Early History of the Gilleslen family

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Early History of the Gilleslen family


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Another 177 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1206, 1667, 1735, 1731, 1735, and 1847 are included under the topic Early Gilleslen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Gilleslen Spelling Variations

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Gilleslen Spelling Variations


Spelling variations of this family name include: Gilleland, Gillieland, Gillsland, Gilsland, Gillesland, Gillerlaine, Gillerland, Gillisland, Gillan, Gillander, Gilander, MacGillanders and many more.

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Early Notables of the Gilleslen family (pre 1700)

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Early Notables of the Gilleslen family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Gilleslen family to Ireland

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Migration of the Gilleslen family to Ireland


Some of the Gilleslen family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Gilleslen family to the New World and Oceana

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Migration of the Gilleslen 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.

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Citations

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  1. ^ 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)

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