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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
  • John Gilligan, who landed in New York in 1829
  • Mary Gilligan, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1855
  • Owen Gilligan, aged 21, landed in New York, NY in 1855
  • M Gilligan, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1860
  • ... (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, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "David Malcolm"
  • John Gilligan, aged 24, a farm labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1860 aboard the ship "Grand Trianon"

Gilligan Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

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



  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • ... (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



    Other References

    1. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    2. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    3. Harris, Ruth-Ann and B. Emer O'Keefe. The Search for Missing Friends Irish Immigrant Advertisements Placed in the Boston Pilot Volume II 1851-1853. Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1991. Print.
    4. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    5. O'Hart, John. Irish Pedigress 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4).
    6. Heraldic Scroll and Map of Family names and Origins of Ireland. Dublin: Mullins. Print.
    7. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    8. 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 Co., 1992. Print.
    9. Land Owners in Ireland. Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1203-3).
    10. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of Ireland. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1969. Print.
    11. ...

    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.

    This page was last modified on 7 August 2016 at 17:54.

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