Gilmour name origin

June 25, 2007

Some possible derivations

  1. Scottish and Irish (Ulster): reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Gille Mhoire (Scots), Mac Giolla Mhuire (Irish), patronymics from personal names meaning ‘servant of (the Virgin) Mary’.
  2. Irish: in Armagh, reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Giolla Mhura ‘servant of St. Mura (of Fahan, Donegal)’ or, in Sligo, of Mac Giolla Mhir ‘son of the spirited lad’.

Motto: ‘Nil penna usus’ – i.e. ‘Not the quill but its use’

Gillemore, Gaelic, the henchman or follower of the chief, one who carried the chief’s broadsword, from gille, a servant, and mor, large, great.

5 Responses to “Gilmour name origin”

  1. Jim Kerr Gilmour Says:

    Yes indeed brother mopan the gers!!!!!!!

  2. of course we need to know our family history so that we can share it to our kids *;.

  3. Ian Gilmour Says:

    Further to the comment with regard to the Gilmour motto which is given above as ‘Nil penna usus’ – i.e. ‘Not the quill but its use’. I think you may find the correct motto to be “Nil Penna Sed Usus”

  4. Rangers Fan (GILMOUR) Says:

    COME ON RANGERS F.C.!!! Everyone whos surname is gilmour supports rangers fc as its a traditional scottish name and make its name in the history books of the scottish people.

  5. Alen gilmour Says:

    I’m very proud to be a Gilmour my line is from Glasgow ,my grandfather was a cobbler he was William Gilmour who fought in the second world war and survived the beaches of Dunkirk had nine of a family , he was nicknamed the bull due to his size and frame and a proud rangers supporter a member of the masonic lodge in Glasgow he died in his 70s of smoke inhalation putting out a fire ,god bless you grandad you were a real man from the old days …least we remember…

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