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

Gillynd Early Origins



The surname Gillynd 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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Gillynd Early History


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Gillynd Early History



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

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Gillynd Spelling Variations


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Gillynd Spelling Variations



In the Middle Ages many people were recorded under different spellings each time their name was written down. Research on the Gillynd family name revealed numerous spelling variations, including Gillan, Gillinan, Gillen, Gillon, Gillfinan, Gillion and many more.

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Gillynd Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Gillynd Early Notables (pre 1700)



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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



The 18th century saw the slow yet steady emigration of Irish families to British North America and the United States. Those early Irish settlers that left their homeland were typically moderately well off: they were enticed by the promise of a sizable plot of land. However, by the 1840s, this pattern of immigration was gone: immigrants to North America were seeking refuge from the starvation and disease that the Great Potato Famine of that decade brought. The great numbers of Irish that arrived to the United States and the soon to be Canada were instrumental in their quick development as powerful industrial nations. An examination of early immigration and passenger lists uncovered many early immigrants bearing the name Gillynd: Hugh and Jane Gillan who settled in New York State in 1823; James Gillan settled in New York in 1803; John, Patrick, Thomas and William Gillan settled in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860.

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