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Gillfillan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



In ancient Scotland, the ancestors of the Gillfillan family were part of a tribe called the Picts. The name Gillfillan is derived from the Gaelic name Gille Fhaolain, which means servant of St. Fillan. Patronymic names often substituted the name of a saint or other revered religious figure in place of a devout bearer's actual father.

Early Origins of the Gillfillan family


The surname Gillfillan was first found in Fife, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Early History of the Gillfillan family


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Another 152 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1215, 1275, 1296, 1477, and 1516 are included under the topic Early Gillfillan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Gillfillan Spelling Variations


The appearance of the printing press and the first dictionaries in the last few hundred years did much to standardize spelling. Prior to that time scribes spelled according to sound, a practice that resulted in many spelling variations. Gillfillan has been spelled Gilfillan, Gilfilland, Gilfillen, Gilfillian, Gilfillin, Gilfillon, Gillfillan, Gillfilland, Gillfillen, Gillfillian and many more.

Early Notables of the Gillfillan family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Gillfillan family to the New World and Oceana


The expense of the crossing to the North American colonies seemed small beside the difficulties of remaining in Scotland. It was a long and hard trip, but at its end lay the reward of freedom. Some Scots remained faithful to England and called themselves United Empire Loyalists, while others fought in the American War of Independence. Much of this lost Scottish heritage has been recovered in the last century through Clan societies and other patriotic Scottish organizations. A search of immigration and passenger lists revealed many important, early immigrants to North America bearing the name of Gillfillan:

Gillfillan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Francis Gillfillan, aged 25, who arrived in New York in 1896 aboard the ship "Normannia" from Hamburg, Germany [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JX73-VMF : 6 December 2014), Francis Gillfillan, 06 Jul 1896; citing departure port Hamburg, arrival port New York, ship name Normannia, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

Gillfillan Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Mary Gillfillan, who arrived in New York in 1906 aboard the ship "Oceanic" from Liverpool, England [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JF8M-9NR : 6 December 2014), Mary Gillfillan, 12 Jul 1906; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Oceanic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • Jay Edward Gillfillan, aged 25, who arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "La Savoie" from Le Havre, France [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6HM-TPN : 6 December 2014), Jay Edward Gillfillan, 09 Aug 1919; citing departure port Le Havre, arrival port New York, ship name La Savoie, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

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Citations


  1. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JX73-VMF : 6 December 2014), Francis Gillfillan, 06 Jul 1896; citing departure port Hamburg, arrival port New York, ship name Normannia, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  2. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JF8M-9NR : 6 December 2014), Mary Gillfillan, 12 Jul 1906; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Oceanic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  3. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6HM-TPN : 6 December 2014), Jay Edward Gillfillan, 09 Aug 1919; citing departure port Le Havre, arrival port New York, ship name La Savoie, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

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