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The name Gilpins reached England in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. It is based on given name Gilpin. The surname came to denote a son or descendent of one who was named Gilpin.

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The surname Gilpins was first found in Westmorland where they held a family seat after the Norman Conquest in 1066 A.D.

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Gilpins has been recorded under many different variations, including Gilpin, Gilpins, Gylpin, de Gilpin and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gilpins research. Another 307 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1167, 1216, 1625, 1700 and are included under the topic Early Gilpins 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 Gilpins Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Gilpins family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 173 words (12 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Gilpinss were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America: Anthony Gilpin, who settled in Barstable, Massachusetts about 1640; Jane Gilpin settled in Virginia in 1652; Dynes, George, John, Thomas, and William Gilpin settled in Pennsylvania between 1807 and 1860.

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