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The saga of the name Gilmer begins with a Strathclyde-Briton family in the ancient Scottish/English Borderlands. It is a name for a devotee of the Virgin Mary. Looking back further, we find the name Gilmer was originally derived from the Gaelic Gille Moire, which means follower of Mary.

Gilmer Early Origins



The surname Gilmer was first found in Ayrshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Inbhir Àir), formerly a county in the southwestern Strathclyde region of Scotland, that today makes up the Council Areas of South, East, and North Ayrshire, where they held a family seat from very ancient times. Early records from Cumberland show that between 1133 and 1156, Gilmor, son of Gilander founded the chapelry of Treverman (later Trierman) in the parish of Walton, Cumberland, site of Triermain castle. Gilmore meaning "Gill the Big" was son of Gillanders the great Chief who lived about 1140.

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Gilmer Spelling Variations


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Gilmer Spelling Variations



The many spelling variations in Medieval Scottish names result from the fact that scribes in that era spelled words according to sound. Translation too, was an undeveloped science, and many names were altered into complete obscurity. Over the years Gilmer has been spelled Gilmour, Gilmore, Gilmur, Gilmor, Gilmer and many more.

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Gilmer Early History


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Gilmer Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gilmer research. Another 185 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1250, 1605, 1671, 1661 and 1671 are included under the topic Early Gilmer History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Gilmer Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Gilmer Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Gilmer In Ireland


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Gilmer In Ireland



Some of the Gilmer family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 101 words (7 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



To escape the uncertainties and discrimination faced in Scotland, many decided to head out for North Ameri ca. Once they arrived, many Scots fought with relish in the American War of Independence; some went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Many ancestors of these Scots have recovered their lost national heritage in the 20th century through Clan organizations and Scottish historical societies. Among the settlers to North America were:

Gilmer Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Thomas Gilmer, who landed in Virginia in 1720
  • George Gilmer, who landed in Virginia in 1731

Gilmer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Frances Gilmer, aged 21, arrived in New Castle, Del in 1804
  • John Gilmer, who landed in America in 1810
  • Samuel Gilmer, who landed in New York, NY in 1811
  • John Gilmer, aged 41, arrived in South Carolina in 1812
  • Robert Gilmer, who arrived in New York in 1826
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Gilmer (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Gilmer (post 1700)



  • Harry Vincent Gilmer Jr. (1926-2016), American NFL football halfback and quarterback, inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1993
  • Dr. George Gilmer (1700-1757), Scottish-born, American Mayor of Williamsburg, Virginia (1753-1754)
  • Jeremy Francis Gilmer (1818-1883), American soldier, mapmaker, and civil engineer
  • Alexander Gilmer (1829-1906), American sawmiller
  • John Adams Gilmer (1805-1868), American Congressional Representative from North Carolina
  • William Franklin Gilmer (1901-1954), U.S. Representative from Oklahoma
  • Thomas Walker Gilmer (1802-1844), American statesman, 28th Governor of Virginia (1840-1841), 15th United States Secretary of the Navy (1844)
  • George Rockingham Gilmer (1790-1859), American statesman and politician, 34th Governor of Georgia (1829-1831) and (1837-1839)
  • William Wirt Gilmer (b. 1955), United States Navy Captain, the 22nd and 24th Naval Governor of Guam
  • Dame Elizabeth Gilmer DBE, FRHortS (1880-1960), former New Zealand social worker, educationalist and horticulturist

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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: Perseveranti dabitur
Motto Translation: It will be given to the persevering.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    2. Prebble, John. The Highland Clearances. London: Secker & Warburg, 1963. Print.
    3. Bloxham, Ben. Key to Parochial Registers of Scotland From Earliest Times Through 1854 2nd edition. Provo, UT: Stevenson's Genealogical Center, 1979. Print.
    4. Adam, Frank. Clans Septs and Regiments of the Scottish Highlands 8th Edition. London: Bacon (G.W.) & Co, 1970. Print. (ISBN 10-0717945006).
    5. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and Don Pottinger. Clan Map Scotland of Old. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1983. Print.
    6. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    7. 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.
    8. Moody David. Scottish Family History. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0806312688).
    9. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    10. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
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    The Gilmer Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gilmer 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 22 August 2016 at 10:15.

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