England in the 11th century wave of migration that was set off by the Norman Conquest of 1066. Jiliot comes from a diminution of the medieval given name Giles. That name is derived from the Greek aigidion, which means kid, or young goat. CITATION[CLOSE]
Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York, Harper & Row, 1956. Print
Early Origins of the Jiliot family
Norfolk where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Jiliot family
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Jiliot Spelling Variations
hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Jiliot include Gillette, Gilliott, Gillet, Gillott, Gillett and others.
Early Notables of the Jiliot family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Jiliot family to Ireland
Some of the Jiliot family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Jiliot family to the New World and Oceana
In England at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Jiliots to arrive on North American shores: Jonathan and Nathan Gillett sailed in the " John and Mary" and settled in Dorchester in 1635 where they became Freemen. Joseph Gillott arrived in New York State in 1830..
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