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The surname Gilstrap was 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.

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


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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 and printed products wherever possible.

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



    Other References

    1. Bayerisch Stammenbuch von den alten abgestorbenen Fuerten. Print.
    2. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    3. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    4. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    5. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    6. Neubecker, Ottfried. Großes Wappen-Bilder-Lexikon der bürgerlichen Geschlechter Deutschlands Oesterreichs und der Schweiz. Battenberg, München: 1985. Print.
    7. Jameson, John Franklin. Narratives of New Netherland 1609-1664. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1909. Print.
    8. Zoder, Rudolf. Familiennamen in Ostfalen. Hildesheim: Geog Olms Verlagsbuchhandlung, 1968. Print.
    9. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    10. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
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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.

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