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Lithuanian ancestors - Gill? Help needed

Lithuanian ancestors - Gill? Help needed

Posted: 29 Oct 2002 2:56PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 16 May 2010 3:40PM GMT
Surnames: Gill, Gillus, Gillis, Gawius, Gawris
I am researching a family of GILL who came from Lithuania 1906 and ended up in a small coal mining town Lackawanna County - towns of Scranton & Carbondale in Pennsylvania. The name of immigrant was William Gill but was told by family the name was shortened from Gillus or Gillis. I cannot find him either of those names on transport records but I do find a William Gawius/Gawris who matches description of the same William Gill I am searching for.......my question is could the name Gawius in Lithuanian when pronounced - SOUND - like Gill and was thereby shortened to the American spelling of such. Any opinions welcome! Thank You!
Nancy

Re: Lithuanian ancestors - Gill? Help needed

Posted: 2 Nov 2002 3:04AM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 16 May 2010 3:41PM GMT
Surnames: Gylys
I'll bet the real Lithuanian surname is Gylys, pronounced "gil-lease" with the accent on the second syllable. With Eastern European surnames, anything is possible and I recommend a broad search and stay open for possibilities. Pennsylvania mining was many times a brief stopping place for Lithuanians from 1890-1914. If you haven't obtained his citizenship paperwork, that's where I would start to narrow down the emigration part.
Posted: 4 Nov 2002 1:02PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 16 May 2010 3:41PM GMT
Thank you Ann, I need all the help I can get on this one! I'll check those spellings' of the name also - appreciate it.
Nancy K.

Re: Lithuanian ancestors

Gwen (View posts)
Posted: 22 Jul 2003 12:58AM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 16 May 2010 3:41PM GMT
Hi, I don't know anyone of that name, but I am attempting to find anyone of my ancensestory, Jankauskas.....from Lithuania. How many people from Lithuania could there be though?
Gwendolyn Strain

Re: Jankauskas and Gill

Posted: 14 May 2010 4:27AM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 16 May 2010 3:42PM GMT
Surnames: Jankauskas, Gill
Jankauskas is something like the 3rd or 4th most popular name in Lt. so, like me - you may have to wait for clues to come to you.
As for Gill in Pa, there is a Bill Gill that runs a junk yard I Clearfield County, Don’t know if he is still alive, but may be worth a shot. I do know that he had kids too, so there is someone there to ask. Cant remember where in Clearfield though? Altoona? Not sure. If you get this message and REALLY are interested in finding them, Ill see what I can do to locate them again.
-Karl

Re: Lithuanian ancestors - Gill? Help needed

Posted: 26 Dec 2012 10:40PM GMT
Classification: Query
The surname Gill appears in the Roman Catholic parish records of Radun in the Lida deanery of the diocese of Wilno. Radun is now in western Belarus; earlier the area was within the boundaries of eastern Poland, earlier the Russian Empire, and earlier still, the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. A Gill married into my Blaszko family in Radun parish in the late 1700s. I've seen this surname in the church registers through the late 1800s. It is likely of Scottish origin. Politics, commerce, aristocratic family alliances, and military endeavors brought a fair number of Scots to the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth in the 16th-18th centuries. A fair number of Poles/Lithuanians from Radun parish migrated to the Carbondale and Scrantona areas in the early 1900s. Gill may well be the correct surname. I would question what your immigrant's original first name was; "William" does not exist in Polish, but was often used by immigrants named Wicenty or Boleslaw, for example. Hope this helps!

Re: Lithuanian ancestors - Gill? Help needed

Posted: 5 Jan 2013 3:00AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Gill
It is interesting to hear the Gill surname is also found in Lithuania. My grandfather, Gavril Gill emigrated from Odessa to New York about 1912. He was Russian Orthodox religion.
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