Gillotte History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The French name Gillotte first arose during the Medieval period in the Languedoc region. It is derived from when the family having lived in Languedoc.

Early Origins of the Gillotte family

The surname Gillotte was first found in Languedoc, where the family has held a family seat since very early times.

Descending from the original line of Languedoc were François de Ricard, Lord of Cauderoque, Durand de Ricard, Lord of Villenouvette, Jean de Ricard de Villeneuve, Lord and Baron of Villeneuve-la-Comtal. In 1789 Jacques de Ricard de Villeneuve was a member of the Assembly of nobility of Castelnaudary. Jean-Henry de Ricard was a Lawyer in Parliament.

In the 15th century, Bérenger Guilhot became the archbishop of Auch. The family was believed to participate in the affairs of their community and were awarded lands, titles and letters patent confirming their nobility. Those who were granted the title of Lords of Ferrières were Bérenger Guilhot, Jean Guilhot, Arnaud Guilhot and Dominique Guilhot. The granting of the title to the prestigious members of this family was believed to confer special rights, privileges and responsibilities and Guillaume Guilhot became the Lord and also the Baron of Ferrières.

François Guilhot who branched out to Crouzet was given the title of Lord of Crouzet, rewarded with lands, estates, and became the founder of a new branch of this esteemed family. Notable among the distinguished branch of Lagarde was Emile-Joseph-Marie Guilhot who was the Captain and the Commandant of the 8th regiment of Hussars in the 19th century.

Jean Guillot, born in 1650, son of François and Jeanne (née Brou), was a carpenter for the king that travelled to Canada in the 17th century. After arriving in Quebec he married Françoise Trud, daughter of Mathurin and Marguerite (née Gareman), on 3rd February 1688. [1]

Early History of the Gillotte family

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Gillotte Spelling Variations

Changes of spelling have occurred in most surnames. The earliest explanation is that during the early development of the French language, names were not yet fixed in spelling. Usually a person gave his version of his name, phonetically, to a scribe, a priest, or a recorder. This depended on accent, and local accents frequently changed the spelling of a name. Some variables were adopted by different branches of the family name. Hence, there are some spelling variations of the name Gillotte, including Guilhot, Guilot, Guillhot, Guillot, Guillut, Guilut, Guilhut, Gillot, Gilhot and many more.

Early Notables of the Gillotte family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Gillotte family

In the 1700s, land incentives were finally given out by France to 2,000 migrants. Early marriage was encouraged in New France, and youths of 18 took fourteen-year-old girls for their wives. The fur trade was developed and attracted migrants, both noble and commoner from France. 15,000 explorers left Montreal in the late 17th and 18th centuries, leaving French names scattered across the continent. The search for the Northwest passage continued. Migration from France to New France or Quebec, as it was now more popularly called, continued until 1759. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. By the same year the Acadian presence in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island had reached 500. In the treaty of Utrecht, Acadia were ceded by France to Britain in 1713. In 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England and were deported. They found refuge in Louisiana. Meanwhile, in Quebec, the French race flourished, founding in Lower Canada, one of the two great solitudes which became Canada. Many of this distinguished family name Gillotte were prominent in social, cultural, religious and political affairs in France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Gillotte were Hennemon Guillot settled in Louisiana in 1752; Jacques Guillot settled in Louisiana in 1756; François Gillot, aged 13; settled in Louisiana in 1719.

Contemporary Notables of the name Gillotte (post 1700) +

  • Joseph P. Gillotte, American Libertarian politician, Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives 87th District, 2012 [2]
  • Joseph J. Gillotte, American Democrat politician, Hatter; Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Danbury, 1935-40 [2]

  1. ^ Olivier, Reginald L. Your Ancient Canadian Family Ties. Logan: The Everton Publishers, Inc., P.O. Box 368, 1972. Print
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 23) . Retrieved from on Facebook
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