Gilson History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Early Origins of the Gilson family
The surname Gilson was first found in Dumfriesshire and in Warwickshire at Gilson, a hamlet that dates back to 1232 AD. Gilston is a village near Harlow in the county of Hertfordshire. It dates back to 1197 when it was first listed as Gedelston and literally meant "farmstead or village of a man called Gedel or Gydel," from the Old English personal name + "tun." 
Early History of the Gilson family
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Gilson Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Gillson, Gilson, Gillieson and others.
Early Notables of the Gilson family (pre 1700)
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In the United States, the name Gilson is the 4,179th most popular surname with an estimated 7,461 people with that name.  However, in France, the name Gilson is ranked the 5,726th most popular surname with an estimated 1,000 - 1,500 people with that name. 
Migration of the Gilson family to Ireland
Some of the Gilson family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Gilson Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Gilson Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Gilson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:
Gilson Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. 
Gilson Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century