The western coast of Scotland
and the desolate Hebrides
islands are the ancient home of the Guilkey family. Their name is derived from the Gaelic "Gille Criosd", which means "the servant of Christ".
Early Origins of the Guilkey family
The surname Guilkey was first found in Angus
(Gaelic: Aonghas), part of the Tayside region of northeastern Scotland
, and present day Council Area of Angus
, formerly known as Forfar or Forfarshire
, where they held a family seat
some say as far back as the 12th century. The first record of the name was in Cupar-Angus in the 15th century where they held a family seat at Murthly in Atholl, in the parish of Little Dunkeld in Perthshire.
Early History of the Guilkey family
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Guilkey Spelling Variations
were extremely common in medieval names, since scribes from that era recorded names according to sound rather than a standard set of rules. Guilkey has appeared in various documents spelled Gilchristson, Gilkerson, Gilkison, Gilcriston, Gilkersone, MacGilchrist, McGilchrist, Gilchristoun, Kilkerson, Gilkisone, Gilkrisoune, Gilkcrissone and many more.
Early Notables of the Guilkey family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Guilkey family to Ireland
Some of the Guilkey family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 45 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Guilkey family to the New World and Oceana
The descendants of the Dalriadan families who made the great crossing of the Atlantic still dot communities along the east coast of the United States and Canada. In the American War of Independence
, many of the settlers traveled north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Clan
societies and highland games have allowed Canadian and American families of Scottish descent to recover much of their lost heritage. Investigation of the origins of family names on the North American continent has revealed that early immigrants bearing the name Guilkey or a variant listed above include: Archibald and Robert Gilkeson settled in Augusta County, Virginia in 1767.
Contemporary Notables of the name Guilkey (post 1700)
- Prof. David K. Guilkey, American professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill