Origin of the Name Gillis
family history was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives. The name Gillis is usually of Scottish origin and at one time was numerous in Badenoch. In modern times it is more often associated with the Hebrides. This name is found in many ancient manuscripts in Scotland . Examples of such are a Gillise who was recorded as being one of the witnesses to the charter by King David the First to the Abbey of Holyrood in the year 1128. A Vhtred, son of Gillise, held lands in Lothian around the year 1160. A Gylis, son of Angus the shoemaker, paid homage to the Prior and Convent of St. Andrews at Dull in the year 1264. Names were recorded in these ancient documents to make it easier for their overlords to collect taxes and to keep records of the population at any given time.
In Ireland this name and its variants were introduced into Ulster Province by settlers who arrived from England and Scotland , especially during the seventeenth century. It was the 'Plantations of Ireland ' in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries that marked the end of Gaelic supremacy in Ireland . While the influx of settlers in the wake of the earlier Anglo-Norman invasion of the twelfth century resulted in a full integration into Irish society of the new arrivals, the same never occurred with the Ulster Planters who maintained their own distinct identity.
Gillis is also an occasional variant of the Irish name MacAleese.
The Gillis 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 Gillis descendants.