Gillmant is a name that came to England
in the 11th century wave of migration that was set off by the Norman Conquest
of 1066. Gillmant comes from the baptismal name Gilmyn. Gillman indicated that the bearer was the son of (or descended from) someone named Gilmyn. The name is of Norman origin, and was brought to England
in the wake of the conquest after the Battle of Hastings in 1066.
Early Origins of the Gillmant family
The surname Gillmant was first found in Norfolk
where they held a family seat
from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy
, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Gillmant family
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Gillmant Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Gillmant include Gillman, Gilman and others.
Early Notables of the Gillmant family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Gillmant family to Ireland
Some of the Gillmant family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Gillmant family to the New World and Oceana
at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Gillmants to arrive on North American shores: Edward Gillman of Norfolk
who settled in Hingham in 1638 with his wife, three servants, three sons and two daughters; Thomas Gillman, who came to Virginia in 1680.