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The root of the ancient Dalriadan-Scottish name Gilliss is the Gaelic words "gille Iose," which means "servant of Jesus."

Gilliss Early Origins



The surname Gilliss was first found in Lothian, where a member of the family was a witness to the charter, by King David I, to the Abbey of Holyrood. In 1160, Vhtred Gilise inherited the estates in Lothian. It is also recorded that M. filius Gilise, who was a close confidant of King Malcolm IV of Scotland, was witness to a charter signed at the Abbey of Scone in 1164.

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Gilliss Spelling Variations


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Gilliss Spelling Variations



Historical recordings of the name Gilliss include many spelling variations. They include They are the result of repeated translations of the name from Gaelic to English and inconsistencies in spelling rules. Gillies, Gillis, Gillie, Gilly, Gilles, Gillieson and many more.

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Gilliss Early History


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Gilliss Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gilliss research. Another 129 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1264, 1376, 1521, 1747, 1836, 1778 and 1793 are included under the topic Early Gilliss History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Gilliss Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Gilliss Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gilliss Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Gilliss In Ireland


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Gilliss In Ireland



Some of the Gilliss family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 87 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included 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



Descendents of Dalriadan-Scottish families still populate many communities across North America. They are particularly common in Canada, since many went north as United Empire Loyalists at the time of the American War of Independence. Much later, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the highland games and Clan societies that now dot North America sprang up, allowing many Scots to recover their lost national heritage. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Gilliss, or a variant listed above:

Gilliss Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Eleanor Gilliss, aged 71, originally from Bracside, Ontario Canada, who arrived in New York in 1913 aboard the ship "Havana" from Nassau, Bahamas [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JJMH-MMS : 6 December 2014), Eleanor Gilliss, 09 Apr 1913; citing departure port Nassau, Bahamas, arrival port New York, ship name Havana, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • Ida Gilliss, aged 40, originally from Bracside, Ontario Canada, who arrived in New York in 1913 aboard the ship "Havana" from Nassau, Bahamas [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JJMH-MM3 : 6 December 2014), Ida Gilliss, 09 Apr 1913; citing departure port Nassau, Bahamas, arrival port New York, ship name Havana, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • Walter Gilliss, aged 68, originally from New York, who arrived in New York in 1923 aboard the ship "Mauretania" from Cherbourg, France [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JN2W-X4X : 6 December 2014), Walter Gilliss, 03 Aug 1923; citing departure port Cherbourg, France, arrival port New York, ship name Mauretania, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

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Contemporary Notables of the name Gilliss (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Gilliss (post 1700)



  • Walter Gilliss, American author of "Recollections of the Gilliss Press and its Work during Fifty Years 1869-1919."
  • James Melville Gilliss (1811-1865), American astronomer, United States Navy officer and founder of the United States Naval Observatory, eponym of the USNS James M. Gilliss (T-AGOR-4), a Robert D. Conrad-class oceanographic research ship and the USS James M. Gilliss (AMCU-13/YMS-262), a YMS-1-class minesweeper

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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Touch not the cat bot a glove
Motto Translation: Touch not the cat without a glove


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JJMH-MMS : 6 December 2014), Eleanor Gilliss, 09 Apr 1913; citing departure port Nassau, Bahamas, arrival port New York, ship name Havana, 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:JJMH-MM3 : 6 December 2014), Ida Gilliss, 09 Apr 1913; citing departure port Nassau, Bahamas, arrival port New York, ship name Havana, 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:JN2W-X4X : 6 December 2014), Walter Gilliss, 03 Aug 1923; citing departure port Cherbourg, France, arrival port New York, ship name Mauretania, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

Other References

  1. Urquhart, Blair Edition. Tartans The New Compact Study Guide and Identifier. Secauccus, NJ: Chartwell Books, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0-7858-0050-6).
  2. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and David Hicks. The Highland Clans The Dynastic Origins, Cheifs and Background of the Clans. New York: C.N. Potter, 1968. Print.
  3. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  4. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  5. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  6. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  7. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Socts Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Modern Application of the Art of Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
  8. Moody David. Scottish Family History. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0806312688).
  9. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  10. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
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The Gilliss Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gilliss 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 15 December 2017 at 13:05.

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