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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. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York, Harper & Row, 1956. Print


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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Gillett In Ireland


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Gillett In Ireland



Some of the Gillett family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 115 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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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 [2]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)
  • Matthew Gillett, who arrived in America in 1633 [2]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)
  • 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 [2]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)
  • Elizabeth Gillett, who landed in Virginia in 1652 [2]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.)

Gillett Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Gillett, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [2]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)

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, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Asia" in 1839 [3]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, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Asia" in 1839 [3]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, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Panama" in 1850 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PANAMA 1850. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850Panama.gif
  • Susan Gillett, aged 11, a west, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Coromandel" [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    South Australian Register Tuesday 9th January 1855. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Coromandel 1855. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/coromandel1855.shtml
  • Alice Gillett, aged 19, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Coromandel" [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    South Australian Register Tuesday 9th January 1855. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Coromandel 1855. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/coromandel1855.shtml

Gillett Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Robert Gillett, who landed in Kapiti, New Zealand in 1840
  • Mary Gillett, aged 25, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Lloyds" in 1842
  • Ann Gillett, aged 3, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Lloyds" in 1842
  • Martha Gillett, aged 7 mths., who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand 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 [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 9) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • E. B. Gillett, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Massachusetts, 1856 [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 9) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Daniel Gillett, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Madison County, 1832 [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 9) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Cecil Gillett, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1940 [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 9) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • ... (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 [7]CITATION[CLOSE]
    H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm

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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. ^ Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York, Harper & Row, 1956. Print
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ 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
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PANAMA 1850. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850Panama.gif
  5. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 9th January 1855. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Coromandel 1855. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/coromandel1855.shtml
  6. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 9) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  7. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm

Other References

  1. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  2. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  3. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  4. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  5. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  6. 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.
  7. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  8. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  9. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  10. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
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