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A Strathclyde-Briton family from the Scottish/English Borderlands was the first to use the surname Gillmore. It is a name for a devotee of the Virgin Mary. Looking back further, we find the name Gillmore was originally derived from the Gaelic Gille Moire, which means follower of Mary.

Gillmore Early Origins



The surname Gillmore 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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Gillmore Spelling Variations


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Gillmore Spelling Variations



Before the printing press standardized spelling in the last few hundred years, no general rules existed in the English language. Spelling variations in Scottish names from the Middle Ages are common even within a single document. Gillmore has been spelled Gilmour, Gilmore, Gilmur, Gilmor, Gilmer and many more.

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Gillmore Early History


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Gillmore Early History



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

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Gillmore Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Gillmore Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Gillmore In Ireland


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Gillmore In Ireland



Some of the Gillmore 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



For Scottish immigrants, the great expense of travel to North America did not seem such a problem in those unstable times. Acres of land awaited them and many got the chance to fight for their freedom in the American War of Independence. These Scots and their ancestors went on to play important roles in the forging of the great nations of the United States and Canada. Among them:

Gillmore Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Gillmore, aged 21, arrived in Maryland in 1683

Gillmore Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William Gillmore, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1857
  • Patrick Gillmore, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1873

Gillmore Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Edward Gillmore U.E., "Gilner" who settled in St. Andrews, New Brunswick c. 1784 member of the Port Matoon Association [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

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Contemporary Notables of the name Gillmore (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Gillmore (post 1700)



  • Inez Haynes Gillmore (1873-1970), pen name of Inez Haynes Irwin, an American feminist author, journalist, member of the National Women's Party, President of the Authors Guild
  • Crockett Allen Gillmore (b. 1991), American NFL football tight end for the Baltimore Ravens
  • Ruth Emily Gillmore (1899-1976), English-born American stage actress
  • Quincy Adams Gillmore (1825-1888), American civil engineer, author, and a general in the Union Army during the American Civil War, eponym of the Gillmore Medal
  • Frank Gillmore (1867-1943), American playwright and stage and film actor, founder and former President of Actor's Equity
  • Margaret Lorraine "Margalo" Gillmore (1897-1986), English-born American film, stage and television actress, daughter of Frank Gillmore
  • Brigadier-General William E. Gillmore (1876-1948), American Assistant Chief of the Air Corps (1926-1930)
  • Major-General William Nelson Gillmore (1903-1990), American Commanding General XV Corps (1959-1961)
  • John Gillmore (1786-1859), American politician, Mayor of Athens, Ohio, 1832-33; Member of Ohio State House of Representatives, 1835
  • Frederick H. Gillmore, American Republican politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from New York County 16th District, 1942
  • ... (Another 5 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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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



  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Other References

  1. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  2. Fulton, Alexander. Scotland and Her Tartans: The Romantic Heritage of the Scottish Clans and Families. Godalming: Bramley, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-86283-880-0).
  3. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  4. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Scots Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Mordern Application of the Art and Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
  5. Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Glasgow: Harper Collins, 1995. Print.
  6. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  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. Skene, William Forbes Edition. Chronicles of the Picts, Chronicles of the Scots and Other Early Memorials of Scottish History. Edinburgh: H.M. General Register House, 1867. Print.
  9. Martine, Roddy, Roderick Martine and Don Pottinger. Scottish Clan and Family Names Their Arms, Origins and Tartans. Edinburgh: Mainstream, 1992. Print.
  10. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
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The Gillmore Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gillmore 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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