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The distinguished Gills family, which is intricately woven into the intricate tapestry of Scottish history, finds its origin with the proud Norman people. Although the Normans came from France, they were actually of Viking origin. The Vikings landed in the Orkneys and northern Scotland under their king, Stirgud the Stout, around 870. Subsequently, led by their jarl, Thorfinn Rollo, they invaded France around 911. After Rollo laid siege to Paris, King Charles the Simple of France finally conceded defeat and granted northern France to Rollo, who became the first Duke of Normandy.

Gills Early Origins



The surname Gills was first found in Yorkshire, where they had been granted lands by King William for their assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D. It was first recorded in the Domesday Book in the northern county of Yorkshire in 1086. Gamel filius Gille was granted more lands in Yorkshire near the other family estates in 1185. Henry Gille moved the family name to Cumberland in 1200 and the family gave its name to the village of Gilsland.

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Gills Spelling Variations


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Gills Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Gill, Gille, Gills, Gilles, Gyll, Gylls and others.

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Gills Early History


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Gills Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gills research. Another 123 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1240, 1369, 1460, 1697, 1771 and are included under the topic Early Gills History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Gills Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Gills Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Gills In Ireland


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Gills In Ireland



Some of the Gills family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 87 words (6 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



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Gills Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Henry Gills, who arrived in Maryland in 1673

Gills Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Gills, who arrived in Virginia in 1719
  • Alexander Gills, who arrived in America in 1783

Gills Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • J G Gills, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1855
  • Christian Gills, who landed in Arkansas in 1893

Gills Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • June Gills, aged 19, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Agincourt"

Gills Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • John Gills, aged 34, a miner, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Eastminster" in 1880
  • Annabel Gills, aged 24, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Eastminster" in 1880
  • Jeanie Gills, aged 2, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Eastminster" in 1880
  • Charles Gills, aged 1, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Eastminster" in 1880

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Contemporary Notables of the name Gills (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Gills (post 1700)



  • Lee Anne Gills, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for Montana State House of Representatives 20th District, 2010

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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: In te Domine spes nostra
Motto Translation: Our hope is in thee, O Lord


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. 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.
    2. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    3. 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.
    4. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    5. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    6. Donaldson, Gordon and Robert S. Morpeth. Who's Who In Scotish History. Wales: Welsh Academic Press, 1996. Print. (ISBN 186057-0054).
    7. Bain, Robert. The Clans and Tartans of Scotland. Glasgow & London: Collins, 1968. Print. (ISBN 000411117-6).
    8. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    9. Black, George F. The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3).
    10. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and David Hicks. The Highland Clans The Dynastic Origins, Cheifs and Background of the Clans. New York: C.N. Potter, 1968. Print.
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    The Gills Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gills 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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