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Gilliver History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The Gilliver family name dates back to 1066 when the Norman Conquest of England introduced a plethora of new names and words into Britain. It comes from an early member of the family who was a greedy person. It derives from the Old French word goulafre, which means glutton.


Early Origins of the Gilliver family


The surname Gilliver was first found in Suffolk, where they held lands after the Norman Conquest. Roger Gulafre, Lord of Mesnil Bernard, held property in St. Evroult, Normandy in 1061.

Early History of the Gilliver family


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Gilliver Spelling Variations


A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Gulliver, Gullever, Gullifer, Gulliford, Galliford, Galliver, Gilliver and many more.

Early Notables of the Gilliver family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Gilliver family to the New World and Oceana


Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Gilliver or a variant listed above: Robert and Joan Gullever, who sailed to Virginia in 1620 or 1621; Thomas Gullifer sailed to Barbados in 1635; Anthony Gulliver sailed to Massachusetts in 1666.

Historic Events for the Gilliver family



Air New Zealand Flight 901

  • Mr. Richard Gilliver (d. 1979), New Zealander passenger, from Kawerau, North Island, New Zealand aboard the Air New Zealand Flight 901 for an Antarctic sightseeing flight when it flew into Mount Erebus; he died in the crash

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