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The name Gillett was brought to England by the Normans when they conquered the country in 1066. It comes from a diminution of the medieval given name Giles. That name is derived from the Greek aigidion, which means kid, or young goat.

Gillett Early Origins



The surname Gillett 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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Gillett Spelling Variations


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Gillett Spelling Variations



Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Gillett include Gillette, Gilliott, Gillet, Gillott, Gillett and others.

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Gillett Early History


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Gillett Early History



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

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Gillett Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Gillett Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Gillett 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



In England at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Gilletts to arrive on North American shores:

Gillett Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Jonathan Gillett, who landed in Dorchester, Massachusetts in 1630
  • Matthew Gillett, who arrived in America in 1633
  • Jonathan and Nathan Gillett sailed in the "John and Mary" and settled in Dorchester in 1635 where they became Freemen
  • Jon Gillett, who arrived in Virginia in 1637
  • Elizabeth Gillett, who landed in Virginia in 1652
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Gillett Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Gillett, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851

Gillett Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Stephen Gillett, who arrived in Canada in 1831
  • Amey Gillett, who landed in Canada in 1839

Gillett Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Gillett arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Asia" in 1839 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of South Australia. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) ASIA 1839 from London with Captain Benjamin Freeman and 245 passengers, arrived Port Adelaide on 16-07-1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Asia-list.htm
  • Margaret Gillett arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Asia" in 1839 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of South Australia. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) ASIA 1839 from London with Captain Benjamin Freeman and 245 passengers, arrived Port Adelaide on 16-07-1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Asia-list.htm
  • John Gillett arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Panama" in 1850
  • Susan Gillett, aged 11, a west, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Coromandel"
  • Alice Gillett, aged 19, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Coromandel"

Gillett Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Robert Gillett landed in Kapiti, New Zealand in 1840
  • Mary Gillett, aged 25, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Lloyds" in 1842
  • Ann Gillett, aged 3, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Lloyds" in 1842
  • Martha Gillett, aged 7 mths., arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Lloyds" in 1842

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Contemporary Notables of the name Gillett (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Gillett (post 1700)



  • James B. Gillett (1856-1937), American lawman of the Old West
  • Ezra Hall Gillett (1823-1875), American clergyman and author
  • Emma Gillett (1852-1927), American lawyer and women's rights activist
  • Burton F. Gillett (1891-1971), director of animated films
  • Frederick Huntington Gillett (1851-1935), American politician
  • James Norris Gillett (1860-1937), American lawyer and politician
  • E. Samuel Gillett, American Republican politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Burlington; Elected 1904
  • E. B. Gillett, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Massachusetts, 1856
  • Daniel Gillett, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Madison County, 1832
  • Cecil Gillett, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1940
  • ... (Another 41 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Gillett Historic Events


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Gillett Historic Events




HMS Hood

  • Mr. George P Gillett (b. 1916), Canadian Ordinary Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Humber Mouth, Bay of Islands, Newfoundland, Canada, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

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Suggested Readings for the name Gillett


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Suggested Readings for the name Gillett



  • The Joseph Gillet/Gillett/Gillette Family of Connecticut, Ohio and Kansas by Wilma Gillet.
  • Our Pilgrim's Progress: A Genealogy; The Gillets, Gilletts, Gillettes of 1634 Windsor, Connecticut Down Thru Nine Generations to the Present, 1988 by Julius L. Ross.

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ State Library of South Australia. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) ASIA 1839 from London with Captain Benjamin Freeman and 245 passengers, arrived Port Adelaide on 16-07-1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Asia-list.htm

Other References

  1. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  2. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  3. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  4. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  5. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  6. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  7. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  8. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  9. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  10. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  11. ...

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