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The western coast of Scotland and the desolate Hebrides islands are the ancient home of the Gilly family. Their name is derived from the Gaelic words "gille Iose," which means "servant of Jesus."

Gilly Early Origins



The surname Gilly was first found in Lothian, where a member of the family was a witness to the charter, by King David I, to the Abbey of Holyrood. In 1160, Vhtred Gilise inherited the estates in Lothian. It is also recorded that M. filius Gilise, who was a close confidant of King Malcolm IV of Scotland, was witness to a charter signed at the Abbey of Scone in 1164.

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Gilly Spelling Variations


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Gilly Spelling Variations



Spelling variations were extremely common in medieval names, since scribes from that era recorded names according to sound rather than a standard set of rules. Gilly has appeared in various documents spelled Gillies, Gillis, Gillie, Gilly, Gilles, Gillieson and many more.

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Gilly Early History


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Gilly Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gilly research. Another 129 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1264, 1376, 1521, 1747, 1836, 1778 and 1793 are included under the topic Early Gilly History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Gilly Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Gilly Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gilly Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Gilly In Ireland


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Gilly In Ireland



Some of the Gilly 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



The descendants of the Dalriadan families who made the great crossing of the Atlantic still dot communities along the east coast of the United States and Canada. In the American War of Independence, many of the settlers traveled north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Clan societies and highland games have allowed Canadian and American families of Scottish descent to recover much of their lost heritage. Investigation of the origins of family names on the North American continent has revealed that early immigrants bearing the name Gilly or a variant listed above include:

Gilly Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Carl Gilly, who arrived in New York in 1785

Gilly Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Samuel Gilly, who landed in New York in 1835

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Contemporary Notables of the name Gilly (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Gilly (post 1700)



  • John P. Gilly, American politician, Socialist Labor Candidate for New York State Treasurer, 1916
  • John Gilly Jr., American Republican politician, Postmaster at Big Stone Gap, Virginia, 1870-78
  • Gordon E. Gilly, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at Big Stone Gap, Virginia, 1914-23
  • Elkanah Gilly, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at Big Stone Gap, Virginia, 1856
  • Jacques Laurent Gilly, French Divisional General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815

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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: Touch not the cat bot a glove
Motto Translation: Touch not the cat without a glove


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    2. Paul, Sir James Balfour. An Ordinary of Arms Contained in the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland Second Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1903. Print.
    3. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    4. 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.
    5. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    6. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
    7. Browne, James. The History of Scotland it's Highlands, Regiments and Clans 8 Volumes. Edinburgh: Francis A Niccolls & Co, 1909. Print.
    8. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    9. Scots Kith and Kin And Illustrated Map Revised 2nd Edition. Edinburgh: Clan House/Albyn. Print.
    10. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    11. ...

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