England in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. It is based on 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 Jillitt 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 Jillitt family
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Jillitt Spelling Variations
spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Jillitt has been recorded under many different variations, including Gillette, Gilliott, Gillet, Gillott, Gillett and others.
Early Notables of the Jillitt family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Jillitt family to Ireland
Some of the Jillitt family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Jillitt family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Jillitts were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America: 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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