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Where did the Scottish Gilmor family come from? What is the Scottish Gilmor family crest and coat of arms? When did the Gilmor family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Gilmor family history?

The name Gilmor was first used by a Strathclyde-Briton family from the Scottish/English Borderlands. It was a name for a devotee of the Virgin Mary. Looking back further, we find the name Gilmor was originally derived from the Gaelic Gille Moire, which means follower of Mary.

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It is only in the last few hundred years that rules have developed and the process of spelling according to sound has been abandoned. Scottish names from before that time tend to appear under many different spelling variations. Gilmor has been spelled Gilmour, Gilmore, Gilmur, Gilmor, Gilmer and many more.

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

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Another 27 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gilmor Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Gilmor 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.

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Unwelcome in their beloved homeland, many Scots sailed for the colonies of North America. There, they found land and freedom, and even the opportunity to make a new nation in the American War of Independence. These Scottish settlers played essential roles in the founding of the United States, and the shaping of contemporary North America. Among them:

Gilmor Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Robert Gilmor, who arrived in America in 1769

Gilmor Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Rose Gilmor, aged 17, landed in New Castle, Del in 1804
  • Wm Gilmor, aged 54, arrived in New Castle, Del in 1804
  • William Gilmor, aged 54, arrived in New Castle, Del in 1804
  • Jane Gilmor, aged 50, arrived in New Castle, Del in 1804
  • Jourdan Gilmor, aged 16, landed in New Castle, Del in 1804


Gilmor Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Michael Gilmor, aged 26, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Cupid" in 1834
  • Biddy Gilmor, aged 22, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Cupid" in 1834

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

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