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Many Irish names are merely English translations of Gaelic names. The name Gilligan was a translation of the Gaelic name Mac Giollagain, which is derived from the word "giolla," which means "lad."

Gilligan Early Origins



The surname Gilligan was first found in County Londonderry (Irish: Doire), a Northern Irish county also known as Derry, in the province of Ulster, where they held a family seat at a place called Magilligans Strand.

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Gilligan Spelling Variations


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Gilligan Spelling Variations



Pronunciation, rather than spelling, was what guided scribes and church officials in recording names, a practice that often led to the misleading result of one person's name being recorded under several different spellings. Numerous spelling variations of the surname Gilligan are preserved in documents that were examined for evidence of the family's history. The various spellings of Gilligan included Gilligan, Gilegan, Gillegan, Giligan and others.

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Gilligan Early History


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Gilligan Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gilligan research. Another 184 words (13 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gilligan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Gilligan Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Gilligan Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Gilligan 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



North America received thousands of Irish immigrants from the English-ruled Ireland during the 19th century. Once in the United States or what would become Canada, these immigrants quickly contributed to the ongoing settling and industrialization processes. The largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. An exhaustive examination of immigrant and passenger lists has shown many early immigrants bearing the surname of Gilligan:

Gilligan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Michael Gilligan, who arrived in America in 1810 [1]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)
  • John Gilligan, who landed in New York in 1829 [1]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)
  • Mary Gilligan, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1855 [1]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)
  • Owen Gilligan, aged 21, who landed in New York, NY in 1855 [1]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)
  • M Gilligan, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1860 [1]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.)

Gilligan Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Judy Gilligan, aged 18, a farm servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "David Malcolm" [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    South Australian Register Wednesday 5th January 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) David Malcolm 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/davidmalcolm1854.shtml
  • John Gilligan, aged 24, a farm labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1860 aboard the ship "Grand Trianon"

Gilligan Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • James Gilligan, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • John Gilligan, aged 23, a labourer, who arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Inverness" in 1875
  • Mary Gilligan, aged 19, who arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Inverness" in 1875
  • Mary Gilligan, aged 19, a farm servant, who arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Inverness" in 1875

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Contemporary Notables of the name Gilligan (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Gilligan (post 1700)



  • William Lee Gilligan (b. 1924), American Republican politician, Member of West Virginia Republican State Executive Committee, 1967; Chair of Tyler County Republican Party, 1969-73
  • Robert F. Gilligan, American Democrat politician, Member of Delaware State House of Representatives 19th District; Elected 1998
  • Walter Francis Gilligan (1903-1973), American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1948, 1952, 1964; Chair of Jo Daviess County Democratic Party, 1950
  • John Wesley Gilligan, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives from Alger District, 1932
  • John Joyce Gilligan (1921-2013), American Democrat politician, U.S. Representative from Ohio 1st District, 1965-67; Defeated, 1962; Candidate for U.S. Senator from Ohio, 1968; Governor of Ohio, 1971-75
  • John Gilligan, American politician, First Selectman of Windsor, Connecticut, 1904
  • J. Frank Gilligan, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 39th District, 1938
  • J. Arthur Gilligan, American Democrat politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Jefferson County, 1935
  • Harry Joseph Gilligan Sr. (1895-1978), American politician, Delegate to Ohio convention to ratify 21st amendment, 1933
  • Frank D. Gilligan, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1960, 1964
  • ... (Another 8 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ South Australian Register Wednesday 5th January 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) David Malcolm 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/davidmalcolm1854.shtml

Other References

  1. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  2. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  3. Read, Charles Anderson. The Cabinet of Irish Literature Selections from the Works of the Chief Poets, Orators and Prose Writers of Ireland 4 Volumes. London: Blackie and Son, 1884. Print.
  4. Hickey, D.J. and J.E. Doherty. A New Dictionary of Irish History form 1800 2nd Edition. Dublin: Gil & MacMillian, 2003. Print.
  5. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
  6. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  7. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
  8. Somerset Fry, Peter and Fiona Somerset Fry. A History of Ireland. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1993. Print. (ISBN 1-56619-215-3).
  9. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  10. McDonnell, Frances. Emigrants from Ireland to America 1735-1743 A Transcription of the report of the Irish House of Commons into Enforced emigration to America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1331-5).
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The Gilligan Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gilligan 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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