The west coast of Scotland
and the rocky Hebrides
islands are the ancient home of the Guilky family. The root of their name is the Gaelic "Gille Criosd", which means "the servant of Christ".
Early Origins of the Guilky family
The surname Guilky 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 Guilky family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Guilky research.Another 175 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1600, 1680 and 1800 are included under the topic Early Guilky History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Guilky Spelling Variations
Spelling and translation were not standardized practices until the last few centuries. Spelling variations
are extremely common among early Scottish names. Guilky has been spelled Gilchristson, Gilkerson, Gilkison, Gilcriston, Gilkersone, MacGilchrist, McGilchrist, Gilchristoun, Kilkerson, Gilkisone, Gilkrisoune, Gilkcrissone and many more.
Early Notables of the Guilky family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Guilky family to Ireland
Some of the Guilky 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 Guilky family to the New World and Oceana
Numerous Scottish settlers settled along the east coast of the colonies that would become the United States and Canada. Others traveled to the open country of the west. At the time of the American War of Independence
, some remained in the United States, while those who remained loyal to the crown went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The highland games and Clan
societies that sprang up across North America in the 20th century have helped many Scots to recover parts of their lost traditions. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Guilkys to arrive in North America: Archibald and Robert Gilkeson settled in Augusta County, Virginia in 1767.