Gilman History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The Norman Conquest of England of 1066 added many new elements to the already vibrant culture. Among these were thousands of new names. The Gilman name is derived from the baptismal name Gilmyn. Gillman indicated that the bearer was the son of (or descended from) someone named Gilmyn. The name is of Norman origin, and was brought to England in the wake of the conquest after the Battle of Hastings in 1066.
Early Origins of the Gilman family
The surname Gilman was first found in Norfolk where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Gilman family
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Gilman Spelling Variations
A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Gillman, Gilman and others.
Early Notables of the Gilman family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Gilman family to Ireland
Some of the Gilman family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Gilman migration to the United States +
Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Gilman or a variant listed above:
Gilman Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Edward Gilman, who arrived in Hingham, Massachusetts in 1638 
- John Gilman, who landed in New England in 1657 
- Mary Gilman, who landed in Virginia in 1666 
- Philip Gilman, who arrived in Maryland in 1668-1670 
- Joshua Gilman, who arrived in Hampton, NH in 1669 
Gilman Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Daniel Gilman, who landed in America in 1741 
- Johan Adolph Gilman, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1752 
- John Adolph Gilman, who arrived in Germantown, Pennsylvania in 1764 
Gilman Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- I T Gilman, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850 
- F D Gilman, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 
- G W Gilman, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 
- M S Gilman, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 
- M W Gilman, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 
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Gilman migration to Canada +
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Gilman Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Ezekiel Gilman, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
- Dudley Gilman, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
Gilman Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Mr. James Gilman, aged 26 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec but died on Grosse Isle on 9th July 1847 
- G Gilman, who landed in Victoria, British Columbia in 1862
Contemporary Notables of the name Gilman (post 1700) +
- Alfred Goodman Gilman (1941-2015), American pharmacologist, biochemist, co-recipient of the 1994 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
- Nicholas Gilman Jr. (1755-1814), American soldier in the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War, a delegate to the Continental Congress, and a signer of the U.S. Constitution
- Theodore P. Gilman (1841-1930), American banker and politician
- Sander L. Gilman (b. 1944), American cultural and literary historian
- Dorothy Gilman (b. 1923), American author of mystery and spy fiction
- Laura Anne Gilman (b. 1967), American fantasy author
- Benjamin Ives Gilman (1852-1933), American Secretary of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts from 1893 to 1925
- Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860-1935), prominent American sociologist, novelist, and writer
- Henry Gilman (1893-1986), American organic chemist known as the father of organometallic chemistry
- Arthur Delevan Gilman (1821-1882), American architect
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Related Stories +
Suggested Readings for the name Gilman +
- 2562 The Gilmans of Connecticut by Lloyd Gilman.
- ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
- ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 30)