Origins Available: French, Scottish
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."
Early Origins of the Gilly family
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.
Early History of the Gilly family
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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.
Early Notables of the Gilly family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Gilly family to Ireland
Some of the Gilly family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Gilly family to the New World and Oceana
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
Gilly Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Contemporary Notables of the name Gilly (post 1700)
The Gilly 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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