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Where did the English Gillette family come from? What is the English Gillette family crest and coat of arms? When did the Gillette family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Gillette family history?

Gillette is one of the many names that the Normans brought with them when they conquered England in 1066. The name Gillette came from a diminution of the medieval given name Giles. That name is derived from the Greek aigidion, which means kid, or young goat.


The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Gillette has been recorded under many different variations, including Gillette, Gilliott, Gillet, Gillott, Gillett and others.

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.


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


More information is included under the topic Early Gillette Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Gillettes were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:

Gillette Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Jonathan Gillette, who arrived in Dorchester, Massachusetts in 1630

Gillette Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • C. Gillette, aged 19, who landed in America, in 1892
  • Edw. F. Gillette, aged 28, who emigrated to the United States from London, in 1892
  • Alice d. Gillette, aged 40, who landed in America, in 1894
  • A. D. Gillette, aged 40, who emigrated to the United States, in 1895

Gillette Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Collins Gillette, aged 23, who settled in America, in 1907
  • Edith Gillette, aged 7, who landed in America from Rugby, England, in 1907
  • Delphine Gillette, aged 14, who emigrated to the United States, in 1908
  • Desiree Gillette, aged 42, who landed in America from St. Brice, France, in 1908
  • Alanta Gillette, aged 41, who emigrated to America, in 1909

Gillette Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Emily Gillette, aged 59, who emigrated to Toronto, Canada, in 1908


  • Edward Gillette, American publisher, founder of Scranton Publishing
  • Edwin "Ted" Gillette (1909-2003), American cameraman and inventor of the Syncro-Vox technique of limited animation
  • Walker Adams Gillette (b. 1947), former American NFL football wide receiver
  • Edmund "Eddie" Gillette (b. 1892), American football player and coach
  • Wilson Darwin Gillette (1880-1951), American politician, Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania
  • Arthur Jay Gillette (1863-1921), American orthopedic and paediatric surgeon, eponym of Gillette State Hospital for Crippled Children, St. Paul, Minnesota
  • Francis Gillette (1807-1879), American politician from Connecticut
  • James "Jim" Gillette (b. 1958), American singer
  • Leon N. Gillette (1878-1945), American co-founder of Walker & Gillette was an architectural firm based in New York City
  • Guy Mark Gillette (1879-1973), American politician, Democratic U.S. Representative and Senator from Iowa


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

This page was last modified on 30 September 2015 at 18:54.

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