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The name Gillmor was first used by a Strathclyde-Briton family from the Scottish/English Borderlands. It was a name for a devotee of the Virgin Mary. Looking back further, we find the name Gillmor was originally derived from the Gaelic Gille Moire, which means follower of Mary.

Gillmor Early Origins



The surname Gillmor was first found in Ayrshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Inbhir Àir), formerly a county in the southwestern Strathclyde region of Scotland, that today makes up the Council Areas of South, East, and North Ayrshire, where they held a family seat from very ancient times. Early records from Cumberland show that between 1133 and 1156, Gilmor, son of Gilander founded the chapelry of Treverman (later Trierman) in the parish of Walton, Cumberland, site of Triermain castle. Gilmore meaning "Gill the Big" was son of Gillanders the great Chief who lived about 1140.

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Gillmor Spelling Variations


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Gillmor Spelling Variations



In the era before dictionaries, there were no rules governing the spelling or translation of names or any other words. Consequently, there are an enormous number of spelling variations in Medieval Scottish names. Gillmor has appeared as Gilmour, Gilmore, Gilmur, Gilmor, Gilmer and many more.

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Gillmor Early History


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Gillmor Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gillmor research. Another 185 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1250, 1605, 1671, 1661 and 1671 are included under the topic Early Gillmor History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Gillmor Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Gillmor Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 21 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gillmor Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Gillmor In Ireland


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Gillmor In Ireland



Some of the Gillmor family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 101 words (7 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



The freedom, opportunity, and land of the North American colonies beckoned. There, Scots found a place where they were generally free from persecution and where they could go on to become important players in the birth of new nations. Some fought in the American War of Independence, while others went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of these Scottish settlers have been able to recover their lost national heritage in the last century through highland games and Clan societies in North Ameri ca. Among them:

Gillmor Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Charles C Gillmor, who landed in Mississippi in 1883

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Contemporary Notables of the name Gillmor (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Gillmor (post 1700)



  • Paul Eugene Gillmor (b. 1939), American Republican Party politician, Representative from the 5th congressional district of Ohio from 1989 to 2007
  • Dan Gillmor, American technology writer and one of the leading chroniclers of the Silicon Valley dot-com boom and its subsequent bust
  • Richard Gillmor, American politician, Representative from Michigan 4th District, 1986
  • Paul Eugene Gillmor (1939-2007), American Republican politician, Member of Ohio State Senate, 1967-88; Candidate in primary for Governor of Ohio, 1986; U.S. Representative from Ohio 5th District, 1989-2007
  • David S. Gillmor, American Republican politician, Mayor of Paterson, New Jersey, 1881-82
  • Alexander R. Gillmor, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Maine, 1960
  • Robert Gillmor (b. 1936), English ornithologist, artist, illustrator, author and editor

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Motto


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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: Perseveranti dabitur
Motto Translation: It will be given to the persevering.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Moody David. Scottish Family History. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0806312688).
    2. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    3. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    4. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    5. Catholic Directory For Scotland. Glasgow: Burns Publications. Print.
    6. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    7. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry Including American Families with British Ancestry 2 Volumes. London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    8. Adam, Frank. Clans Septs and Regiments of the Scottish Highlands 8th Edition. London: Bacon (G.W.) & Co, 1970. Print. (ISBN 10-0717945006).
    9. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    10. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
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    The Gillmor Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gillmor 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 23 October 2015 at 09:32.

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