Mylechrist History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient Pictish-Scottish name Mylechrist comes from the Gaelic name Gille Criosd, which became Gillacrist in Middle Gaelic. The name literally means "servant of Christ." [1]

Early Origins of the Mylechrist family

The surname Mylechrist was first found in Berwickshire where the first records of the family were as a forename. "Gillecrist mac Finguni and Gillecrist mac Cormaic are witnesses to Gaelic grants in the Book of Deer before 1132. Gillecrist mac Gillewinin witnessed the charter by Uchtredus filius Fergusi of the church of Colmanele to the Abbey of Holyrood c. 1165, and mention is made of the lands of Gilcriste Kide near the river Nethan c. 1180-1203." [2]

Early History of the Mylechrist family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mylechrist research. Another 328 words (23 lines of text) covering the years 1057, 1200, 1179, 1204, 1200, 1190, 1219, 1231, 1282, 1296, 1302, 1343, 1304, 1707, 1774, 1707, 1732, 1774 and are included under the topic Early Mylechrist History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Mylechrist Spelling Variations

Scribes in the Middle Ages did not have access to a set of spelling rules. They spelled according to sound, the result was a great number of spelling variations. In various documents, Mylechrist has been spelled Gilchrist, Gilchristson, Ghilchriston, Gillchrist, Gillcrest, Gilcrist and many more.

Early Notables of the Mylechrist family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the Clan at this time was Ebenezer Gilchrist (1707-1774), Scottish physician, born at Dumfries in 1707, studied medicine at Edinburgh, London, and Paris, and graduated...
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Ireland Migration of the Mylechrist family to Ireland

Some of the Mylechrist family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 58 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


New Zealand Mylechrist migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Mylechrist Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • John Mylechrist, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Mermaid" in 1859 [3]
  • Ellen Mylechrist, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Mermaid" in 1859 [3]
  • Frederick Mylechrist, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Mermaid" in 1859 [3]
  • Mr. John Mylechrist, British settler travelling from Liverpool aboard the ship 'Mermaid' arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 19th October 1859 [4]
  • Mrs. Ellen Mylechrist, British settler travelling from Liverpool aboard the ship 'Mermaid' arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 19th October 1859 [4]
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  1. ^ Sims, Clifford Stanley The Origin and Signification of Scottish Surnames. 1862. Print.
  2. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  3. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 5th November 2010). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  4. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html


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