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." 
Important Dates for the Gilson family
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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.
Gilson migration to the United States
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Gilson Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
William Gilson, who arrived in New England in 1633 
Georges Robert Edmond Gilson (b. 1929), French Catholic bishop
Étienne Gilson (1884-1978), French Thomistic philosopher and historian of philosophy
Glenda Gilson (b. 1981), Irish model and television presenter
Paul Gilson (1865-1942), Belgian musician and composer
William Gilson Farlow (1844-1919), American botanist, president of the American Society of Naturalists (1899)
Gilson Alvaristo (1956-2016), Brazilian cyclist at the 1980 and 1984 Summer Olympics
^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
^ 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)
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