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The original Gaelic form of Gillon was O Giollain, from the word "giolla," which means "lad."

Gillon Early Origins



The surname Gillon was first found in County Donegal (Irish: Dún na nGall), northwest Ireland in the province of Ulster, sometimes referred to as County Tyrconnel, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

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Gillon Spelling Variations


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Gillon Spelling Variations



Scribes and church officials, lacking today's standardized spelling rules, recorded names by how they were pronounced. This imprecise guide often led to the misleading result of one person's name being recorded under several different spellings. Numerous spelling variations of the surname Gillon are preserved in documents of the family history. The various spellings of the name that were found include Gillan, Gillinan, Gillen, Gillon, Gillfinan, Gillion and many more.

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Gillon Early History


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Gillon Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gillon research. Another 171 words (12 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gillon History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Gillon Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Gillon Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Gillon Notables 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



A massive wave of Irish immigrants hit North America during the 19th century. Although many early Irish immigrants made a carefully planned decision to leave left Ireland for the promise of free land, by the 1840s immigrants were fleeing a famine stricken land in desperation. The condition of Ireland during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s can be attributed to a rapidly expanding population and English imperial policies. Those Irish families that arrived in North America were essential to its rapid social, industrial, and economic development. Passenger and immigration lists have revealed a number of early Irish immigrants bearing the name Gillon:

Gillon Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Patrick Gillon, who landed in Virginia in 1705
  • Peter Gillon, who arrived in Virginia in 1719

Gillon Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • James Gillon, aged 50, landed in New York in 1812
  • John Gillon, aged 32, arrived in New York in 1812

Gillon Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • William Gillon, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1828

Gillon Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Gillon, aged 36, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Phoebe Dunbar"

Gillon Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Robert Gillon, aged 56, a gardener, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rooparell" in 1874
  • Rachel Gillon, aged 35, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rooparell" in 1874
  • Robert W. Gillon, aged 10, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rooparell" in 1874
  • John S. Gillon, aged 9, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rooparell" in 1874
  • Eliezer Gillon, aged 7, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rooparell" in 1874
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Gillon (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Gillon (post 1700)



  • Alexander Gillon (1741-1794), American politician, Representative from South Carolina 2nd District, 1793-94
  • Alexander Gillon (1741-1794), American merchant, seaman and politician who represented South Carolina (1793 and 1794)
  • Edward Thomas Gillon (1842-1896), New Zealand journalist and newspaper editor
  • Jean Gillon (1919-2007), Brazilian furniture designer
  • Robert Paul Raymond Gillon (1884-1972), Belgian lawyer and liberal politician
  • Paul Gillon (1926-2011), French comics artist
  • Karen Gillon (b. 1967), Scottish Labour politician, Member of the Scottish Parliament for Clydesdale (1999 to 2011)
  • Grant Gillon (d. 2002), New Zealand politician, Member of Parliament

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Gillon Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
    2. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    3. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    4. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    5. O'Hart, John. Irish Pedigress 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4).
    6. Read, Charles Anderson. The Cabinet of Irish Literature Selections from the Works of the Chief Poets, Orators and Prose Writers of Ireland 4 Volumes. London: Blackie and Son, 1884. Print.
    7. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    8. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    9. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    10. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    11. ...

    The Gillon Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gillon 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.

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