Recorded as Gillie, Gillies, Gillis, and Gillison, this very interesting and ancient surname is Scottish. It derives from the pre 9th century "Mac gill Iosa", which translates as "The son of the servant of Jesus", and describes an early follower or devotee, and is probably a reference to one of the earliest converts to the Christian church. The given name is first recorded in Scotland in 1128, when one Gillise was a witness to a charter by King David 1st of Scotland to the abbey of Holyrood, whilst in 1264 it is recorded that Gylis filius Angus, known as Angus the sutor or shoemaker, did homage to the prior and convent of St. Andrews at Dull. The surname it is said, is most frequently recorded in the Hebrides. The patronymic forms of the name include Gillison, but are more usual are McAleese, McAleece, McAlish, McLeish, McLeos, McLese and McLise, all of whom derive from the Malise, a short form of the original Mac gill Iosa. Examples of the name recording include John Gyliss, in the Rent Book of the city of Glasgow in 1521, Robert Gillies, who emigrated to Boston, in the American colonies, in August 1766, embarking from Greenock, on the ship "Lovely Betsy", William Gillie or Gillice, who in 1799 was recorded as being a farmer in Tindhassie, whilst Lord Gillies (1760 - 1842), was appointed Judge of the Exchequer in 1837, in the first year of the reign of Queen Victoria. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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  • Gillie — Gil lie Gilly Gil ly, n. [Gael. gille, giolla, boy, lad.] A boy or young man; a manservant; a young male attendant, in the Scottish Highlands. Sir W. Scott. [WordNet sense 1] [1913 Webster] 2. a lowcut shoe without a tongue and decorative lacing …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • gillie — (also ghillie) ► NOUN ▪ (in Scotland) an attendant on a hunting or fishing expedition. ORIGIN Scottish Gaelic gille lad, servant …   English terms dictionary

  • gillie — gillie1 or gilly [gil′ē] n. pl. gillies [Scot < Gael gille, lad, page] in the Scottish Highlands a) Archaic a male servant b) a sportsman s attendant or guide gillie2 [gil′ē] n. [var. of GILLY] …   English World dictionary

  • Gillie — Ghillie or gillie is a Scottish dialect term that refers to a man or a boy who acts as an attendant on a fishing, fly fishing or a hunting or deer stalking expedition, primarily in Scotland in the Highlands or on a river such as the Spey River.… …   Wikipedia

  • gillie — 1. noun /ˈɡɪli/ a) male attendant on a Scottish Highland chief The gillie still wore in kilt in his lairds clan tartan b) (Scottish and Irish) fishing and hunting guide 2 …   Wiktionary

  • gillie — or ghillie noun Etymology: Scottish Gaelic gille & Irish giolla youth, gillie Date: 1705 1. a male attendant on a Scottish Highland chief; broadly attendant 2. chiefly Scottish & Irish a fishing and hunting guide 3. a shoe with a low top and… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • gillie — /ˈgɪli/ (say gilee) Scottish –noun 1. a sportsman s attendant, especially a guide for hunting or fishing. 2. a male attendant or personal servant of a Highland chieftain. 3. a low cut shoe with fancy lacing. –verb (t) (gillied, gillying) 4. to… …   Australian English dictionary

  • gillie — ghillie …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • gillie — /gil ee/, n. 1. Scot. a. a hunting or fishing guide. b. a male attendant or personal servant to a Highland chieftain. 2. ghillie. Also, gilly. [1590 1600; < ScotGael gille lad, servant] * * * …   Universalium

  • Gillie — Provenance. Prénom dérivé de Gilles. Vient du grec aegidios Signifie : égide, bouclier (Se mettre sous l égide de) Se fête le 1er septembre. Histoire. La petite ville de Saint Gilles du Gard était autrefois un port de mer, et surtout un lieu de… …   Dictionnaire des prénoms français, arabes et bretons

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