This surname 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 and Gylemyn Coc of County Kent were recorded in the year 1300. 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. Most of the European surnames were formed in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. The process had started somewhat earlier and had continued in some places into the 19th century, but the norm is that in the tenth and eleventh centuries people did not have surnames, whereas by the fifteenth century most of the population had acquired a second name.
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 commited 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.
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