Gilstrap Family Crest, Coat of Arms and Name History

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More common variations are: Gillstrap, Gilestrap, Gilsterap, Gilstrape, Gilstrapo, Gilstrp, Gilstrapoo, Gilstrop, Gilstrep, Gilstarp. The surname Gilstrap first found in Dumfriesshire and Warwickshire at Gilson, a hamlet that records back to 1232 AD.  Gilston is a hamlet near Harlow in the division of Hertfordshire.  It dates back to 1197 when it first noted as Gedelston and literally meant “farmstead or village of a man called Gedel or Gydel,” from the Old English personal name and “tun.” Some of the people with the surname Gilstrap who arrived in the United States in the 19th century included Anna H. Gilstrap, aged 27, who settled in Dalton, Ga., in 1922.

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Blazons & Genealogy Notes

Notes: (Fornham Park, co. Suffolk). Motto—Canixie secure. Blazon: Argent a chevron engrailed vert between in chief two escutcheons gules each charged with a galtrap of the field, and in base a talbot’s head erased of the third. Crest—A cubit arm erect in armour proper grasping an escutcheon gules charged with a galtrap argent.

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