This name GILLUM was a baptismal name 'son of William'. The name was originally derived from the Old French Guillaume, and was brought into England in the wake of the Norman Invasion of 1066. The earliest name on record appears to be Giliaum (without surname) who was listed in the Domesday Book of 1086. Many of the early names recorded in medieval documents denote noble families but many also indicate migration from the continent during, and in the wake of, the Norman invasion of 1066. There was a constant stream of merchants, workmen and others arriving in England during this time. In 1086 the Record of Great Inquisition of lands of England, their extent, value, ownership and liabilities was made by order of William The Conquerer. It is known as the Domesday Book. Other records of the name mention William Giliam who was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax in 1379. Arnold Gilleme was documented in County Lancashire in the year 1453. Many factors contributed to the establishment of a surname system. For generations after the Norman Conquest of 1066 a very few dynasts and magnates passed on hereditary surnames, but the main of the population, with a wide choice of first-names out of Celtic, Old English, Norman and Latin, avoided ambiguity without the need for a second name. As society became more stabilized, there was property to leave in wills, the towns and villages grew and the labels that had served to distinguish a handful of folk in a friendly village were not adequate for a teeming slum where perhaps most of the householders were engaged in the same monotonous trade, so not even their occupations could distinguish them, and some first names were gaining a tiresome popularity, especially Thomas after 1170. The hereditary principle in surnames gained currency first in the South, and the poorer folk were slower to apply it. By the 14th century however, most of the population had acquired a second name. Later instances of the name include William, son of Richard Gyllam, who was baptised at St.James, Clerkenwell, London in 1605. Samuel Gillham and Martha Allen were married at St.Georges, Hanover Square. London, in 1773.
John Gilliam and Ann Turner were married at St.Georges, Hanover Square, London, in 1779.
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