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

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Gilse, Gils, Gilsa, Gilsen, Gilson, Gilst, Gelse and many more.

First found in Holland, where the name became noted for its many branches in the region, each house acquiring a status and influence which was envied by the princes of the region. The name was first recorded in Amsterdam, an ancient 13th century town held by the Lords of Amstel. Giesebrecht II built a castle there. Geisbrecht III built the dam to keep out the sea. It is first mentioned in charters of 1275 when Floris IV, the count of Holland granted its charter. It became a city of great mercantile wealth. It hold great treasures of art. In their later history the surname became a power unto themselves and were elevated to the ranks of nobility as they grew into a most influential family.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gilstrap research. Another 189 words(14 lines of text) covering the years 1667 and 1812 are included under the topic Early Gilstrap History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Gilstrap Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Gilstrap Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Anna H. Gilstrap, aged 27, who settled in Dalton, Ga., in 1922

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  • Robert "Bob" Gilstrap (b. 1974), American mixed martial artist
  • Chena Gilstrap (d. 2002), American college football coach
  • Hunter Gilstrap (b. 1983), American professional soccer player
  • James Earl "Jim" Gilstrap (b. 1948), American singer, known for his solo hit single "Swing Your Daddy" (1975)
  • Jim Gilstrap (1942-2007), American college and CFL football coach
  • Mark Gilstrap (b. 1952), American politician, Kansas state legislator
  • Sir William Gilstrap (1816-1896), 1st Baronet, of Fornham St Genevieve, Suffolk, English maltster and philanthropist


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The Gilstrap Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gilstrap 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 27 December 2014 at 01:38.

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