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Gilpin Name Origin

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Name Origins and Meaning

At the present time, there are four commonly accepted origins of the Gilpin surname. This is a recent development due to the introduction of DNA studies used in genealogy. Which one do you belong to?

Anglo-Norman Origins

Ancestors of the Gilpin family that migrated to England following the Norman Conquest of 1066. It is believed to originate from the Anglo-Saxon given name 'Gilbert' and came to denote a descendant of Gilbert. In 1066, the name is found in Westmoreland, England where the family seat was held.

This indicates Gilpin origins from the following:
  • de Guylpyn; an Anglo-Norman name meaning 'of Gilpin'
  • Galpin: a Norman name of unknown origin

Irish Origins

The ancient Hy-Fiachrach name MacGillifin - or Mac Giollia Fionn. This surname is connected to families in Northern Ireland, particularly in Connaught.

It is proposed, but not conclusive, that Gilpin families in Ulster originate from both ancient Irish and English source families.

English Origins

In northwest England, the name appears to have originated from the River Gilpin, in Cumbria. It may be a variant name of Galpin, from southern England.

This indicates an origin from the following:
  • Galpin: a Norman name of unknown origin

Scottish Origins

Has developed as a result of DNA studies in genealogy. More to follow on this soon.


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