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Gillet is a name that came to England in the 11th century wave of migration that was set off by the Norman Conquest of 1066. Gillet comes from a diminution of the medieval given name Giles. That name is derived from the Greek aigidion, which means kid, or young goat.

Gillet Early Origins



The surname Gillet was first found in Norfolk where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.

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Gillet Spelling Variations


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Gillet Spelling Variations



Before the last few hundred years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Gillet were recorded, including Gillette, Gilliott, Gillet, Gillott, Gillett and others.

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Gillet Early History


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Gillet Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gillet research. Another 198 words (14 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gillet History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Gillet Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Gillet Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Gillet 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



The unstable environment in England at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland, Australia, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Gillet arrived in North America very early:

Gillet Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Jonathan Gillet, who landed in Dorchester, Massachusetts in 1630
  • Nathaniel Gillet, who landed in Dorchester, Massachusetts in 1630
  • John Gillet, who arrived in Virginia in 1655
  • Thomas Gillet, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1682
  • Mary Gillet, who arrived in Virginia in 1696
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Gillet Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Eliza Gillet, who arrived in Virginia in 1719
  • Louis Gabriel Gillet, who arrived in New York in 1798

Gillet Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • H Gillet, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850

Gillet Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century

  • Jules Gillet, who landed in Acadia in 1688

Gillet Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Reuben Gillet, who arrived in Canada in 1828

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Contemporary Notables of the name Gillet (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Gillet (post 1700)



  • Ransom Hooker Gillet (1800-1876), American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1832, 1840; U.S. Representative from New York 14th District, 1833-37
  • John Gillet, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Cortland County, 1823
  • Isaph Gillet, American politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Torrington, 1831
  • Daniel M. Gillet, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Madison County, 1823
  • Charles William Gillet (1840-1908), American Republican politician, U.S. Representative from New York, 1893-1905
  • Benoni Gillet, American politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Granby, 1820

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Citations


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    Other References

    1. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    2. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    3. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    4. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    5. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    6. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
    7. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    8. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    9. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    10. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    11. ...

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