This surname WELLMAN is a baptismal name 'the son of Gilmyn'. The name was brought to England in the wake of the Norman Conquest of 1066. Early records of the name mention Gilaman filius Gilandi, 1100, County Yorkshire. Other names mentioned include John Wylemin of County Bucks. in 1273, William Wylemyn of County Cambridge and John Wylemyn of London all in the same year. Also documented at the same time were Walter Gilmin of County Oxfordshire, John Gylemyn of County Bucks. Gylemyn Coc' of County Kent. Cristopher Gylemyn was documented during the reign of Edward III (1327-1377) in County Somerset. Gilmyn Rogeri of Yorkshire, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379 as was Johannes Gylemyn. Waldeof filius Gilman was recorded in Yorkshire in the year 1400. There was the record of a marriage licence issued to John Carter and Gylmen Haverd in 1546 in the Faculty Office. Charlotte Anna Gilman, born Perkins, (1860-1935), was an American feminist and writer, born in Hartford, Connecticut. She married painter Charles Stetson in 1884, but separated in 1888, divorcing in 1894. In 1902 she married her cousin, George Gilman, a New York lawyer. Unfortunately, she committed suicide after she was informed that she was suffering from incurable cancer. Later records include Harold Gilman (1878-1919), an English artist born in Rode, Somerset. He studied at the Slade School in Spain. Works of his art, such as "Mrs Mounter," are exhibited in the Tate Gallery, London.
The name is also spelt as Gillman and Gilmin. Since the dawn of civilisation the need to communicate has been a prime drive of all higher mankind. The more organised the social structure became, the more urgent the need to name places, objects and situations essential to the survival and existence of the social unit. From this common stem arose the requirements to identify families, tribes and individual members evolving into a pattern in evidence today. In the formation of this history, common usage of customs, trades, locations, patronymic and generic terms were often adopted as surnames. The demands of bureaucracy formally introduced by feudal lords in the 11th century, to define the boundaries and families within their fiefdoms, crystallized the need for personal identification and accountability, and surnames became in general use from this time onwards.
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