Origin of the Name Gilchrist
The origin of the name Gilchrist
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Over the centuries Surnames developed a wide number of variants. Different spellings of the same name can be traced back to an original root. Additionally when a bearer of a name emigrated it was not uncommon that their original name would be incorrectly transcribed in the record books at their new location. Surnames were also often altered over the years based on how they sounded phonetically and depending on the prevailing political conditions it may have been advantageous to change a name from one language to another.
Variants of the name Gilchrist
include Gilchriste, Gilcrist and Gilchristson. This name in derived from the Gaelic Mac Giolla Chriost sept name that was located in Connaught Province and in County Longford in Ireland . This sept name translates as 'devotee of Christ'.
A sept or clan is a collective term describing a group of persons whose immediate ancestors bore a common surname and inhabited the same territory. Irish septs and clans that are related often belong to even larger groups, sometimes called tribes.
This name is also of Scottish Gaelic origin with one such bearer of the name having sculpted the beautiful Saint Martin's Cross in Iona. It bears an inscription in Irish text 'Oroit do Gillacrist doringne t chros sa', meaning 'a prayer to Gilchrist who made this cross'. Some Scottish Gilchrists settled in Ulster Province in Ireland where the name is recorded as a principal name in the northern baronies of County Antrim in the 1659 census.
The Gilchrist coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Gilchrist descendants.