England by the Normans when they conquered the country in 1066. It 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 Gillmend family
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 Gillmend family
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Gillmend Spelling Variations
Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Gillmend family name include Gillman, Gilman and others.
Early Notables of the Gillmend family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Gillmend family to Ireland
Some of the Gillmend family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Gillmend family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Gillmend family to immigrate North America: 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.
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