Gillen Coat of Arms, Family Crest and Gillen Family History

If you are conducting some Gillen family history research then you can view the Gillen coat of arms and the name meaning and origin of the name as well as the meaning of symbols below. This is a great place to start when tracing your genealogy and Gillen surname history and will help you answer the question 'what is the meaning of my name?'


The name Gillen in Ireland is derived from the native Gaelic O'Giollain Sept, taken from an Irish word meaning 'lad'. The Sept was a branch of the Cenel Eoghain Sept, found in Counties Sligo, Tyrone and Donegal. Gillan, Gilligan and Gilliland are all variants of this name.

A Sept is an ancient form of a Clan and is a group of people whose ancestors all bore the same surname and inhabited the same locality.

Meaning of Symbols & Colors on the Gillen Coat of Arms

Gules/Red 'The Martyr's colour', signifies Military Fortitude and Magnanimity.
Or/Yellow/Gold Represents Generosity.
Fleur de Lis Representing Purity and Light. Is also the floral symbol of France
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