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Mary Gilstrap My name is Mary Gilstrap; I am the daughter of Stanley Gilstrap, who was the son of Ralph Gilstrap, my grandfather. Ralph was born in Kentucky and moved to the Neosho/Joplin area of Missouri, where my father was born. Both Ralph and Stanley moved to Southern California, which is where I was born -- in Burbank. I have three brothers: David, Stephen & Matthew.

I was always told that the Gilstraps originated in northern England -- Yorkshire. The brothers emigrated to the United States and split up to make their fortunes. One brother re-located to the Kentucky/Tennessee area. Another brother made his way through Ohio and Indiana to eventually settle in Texas. The last brother went to the Pacific Northwest. I guess they left their Gilstrap "spawn" along the way!

I was also told that the name "Gilstrap" stemmed from Middle to late English. "Gill" was an old english word for stream or brook, and "Strap" was a derivation of the word for a strip of land. The two words, "Gill" and "Strap," meant a field or land alongside a stream.

There are Gilstraps in England, including in Yorkshire.
I believe that there are Gilstraps in the records from emigration through Ellis Island, New York.

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Dec 11, 2006 · Reply
Mary Gilstrap I had posted earlier about what I had heard through family members about where the name Gilstrap came from. In doing some research, I discovered that the name "Giltap" is a name that can be found in Ireland..... you will find many records at Ellis Island of Giltaps coming to America from Ireland. Other information shows that the name "Giltap" had several derivations, including "Gilstrap" in East Anglia. Nottingham is where the Gilstrap Centre is and the Gilstrap Castle. Nottingham is also in East Anglia! So, I believe that the Gilstraps are of English or Irish stock. If anyone reading this has any more information, I'd love to hear about it.
May 02, 2007 · Reply
Victoria Crayne Mr. and Mrs. Alonzo Gilstrap, 2610 East Fourth Street, will observe their fiftieth wedding anniversary on February 21...They have six sons and one daughter: Claude Gilstrap of Downey; Lieutenant Dean Gilstrap of Salina, Kan; Maurice Gilstrap of Wichita, Kan; Marvin Gilstrap of Tulsa, Okla; Robert Gilstrap of Joplin; Harold Gilstrap and Sara Anne Gilstrap of the home. They have 14 grandchildren.
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Most Common Gilstrap First Names

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  • William 2.7%
  • John 2.3%
  • James 2.3%
  • Mary 1.7%
  • Robert 1.4%
  • David 0.8%
  • George 0.8%
  • Thomas 0.7%
  • Charles 0.7%
  • Donald 0.7%
  • Arthur 0.7%
  • Richard 0.7%
  • Paul 0.7%
  • J 0.6%
  • Ernest 0.6%
  • Harold 0.6%
  • Roy 0.6%
  • Walter 0.5%
  • Clarence 0.5%
  • Elizabeth 0.5%
  • Lewis 0.4%
  • Martha 0.4%
  • Jesse 0.4%
  • Annie 0.4%
  • Raymond 0.4%
  • Larry 0.4%
  • Frank 0.4%
  • Sarah 0.4%
  • Ruth 0.4%
  • Harry 0.4%
  • Lloyd 0.4%
  • Betty 0.4%
  • Albert 0.4%
  • Helen 0.4%
  • Joseph 0.4%
  • Michael 0.3%
  • Wayne 0.3%
  • Kenneth 0.3%
  • Claude 0.3%
  • Mattie 0.3%
  • Dorothy 0.3%
  • Jack 0.3%
  • Nancy 0.3%
  • Elmer 0.3%
  • Mark 0.3%
  • Willie 0.3%
  • Susan 0.3%
  • Fred 0.3%
  • Lillian 0.3%
  • Ethel 0.3%

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