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Gillan name means the son of Giles


Gillan name means the son of Giles

The surname of GILLAN was  a baptismal name ‘the son  of Giles’.  They were  a family of the Cenel Eoghain (the clan name of the O’Neills, descended from Conall Gulban, son  of Niall of the Nine Hostages) and  were  mainly found in Cos.  Sligo, Donegal and  Tyrone. This is a curious form of Egidius.  13th and  14th Century records have Egidius  entered, and  thereafter absorbed as Giles. The small villages  of Europe, or royal and  noble  households, even large  religious  dwellings and monastries, gave rise to many  family names, which reflected the occupation or profession of the original bearer of the name. This was  the name of a 7th century Provencal hermit,  whose cult popularized the name in a variety  of more  or less mutilated forms:   Gidi and  Gidy in Southern France, Gilli in the area of the Alpes-Maritimes and  Gille elsewhere. This last form was  brought over to England by the Normans, but by the 12th century it was  confused with the Germanic name Gisel,  a shortened form of Gilbert. Following the Crusades in Europe in the 11th 12th and  13th centuries a need was  felt for an additional name. This was  recognized by those of gentle birth,

who realised that it added prestige and  practical advantage to their status. At first the coat  of arms was  a practical matter which served a function  on the battlefield and  in tournaments. With his helmet covering his face,  and  armour encasing the knight from head to foot, the only means of identification for his followers,  was  the insignia  painted on his shield,  and  embroidered on his surcoat, the draped and  flowing garment worn over the armour. Early records of the name mention Egidius  Gowell of the County  of Lincolnshire in 1273.  Jordan filius Egidu,  ibid. William Gilis of the County  of Kent was  recorded in 1317.  Nicholas Giles and  Christone Newell were  married at St. George’s, Hanover Square, London  in 1564.

The associated arms are  recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster  King of Arms in


ARMS –  Per  chevron argent and  azure a lion rampant counter-changed collared or

CREST –  A lions gamb erased and  erect proper charged with a bar  or holding  an apple branch vert fructed gold

MOTTO –  –  PENSEZ A MOI – Think of me

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