Early Origins of the Gillihan family
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.
Early History of the Gillihan family
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Gillihan Spelling Variations
Spelling variations revealed in the search for the origin of the Gillihan family name include Gilligan, Gilegan, Gillegan, Giligan and others.
Early Notables of the Gillihan family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Gillihan family to the New World and Oceana
Many Irish families did not fare so well within the English-ruled Ireland. Besides racial and religious discrimination, many families were renting out small tracts of farmland from absentee landowners at often unreasonable rates. Beginning in the late 18th century, moderately well off Irish families decided to emigrate to British North America or the United States in order to own their own plot of land. A radical change occurred in the 1840s, however, with the Great Potato Famine of the 1840s. Up to this point, the island's population had been increasing rapidly and a steady demand over the years for grain crops had depleted soil. Two failed crops and one poor one caused widespread disease and starvation. Thousands boarded ships looking for opportunities elsewhere. North America welcomed them as a source of cheap labor required for the many industrial and infrastructure projects underway, and as a means to quickly occupy the western regions. Research into immigration and passenger ship lists indicates that people bearing the name Gillihan were among the earliest settlers to arrive in North America:
Gillihan Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Gillihan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Gillihan Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
Contemporary Notables of the name Gillihan (post 1700)
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