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Type Surname (from location)
Pronounced Pron. Gil·strap(British English)  [key]

Meaning & History

This is a place name acquired from once having lived at a place spelled Gill(s)thorp(e), Gilsthorp(e), Gill(s)throp(e) or Gil(s)throp(e) located in the Old Danelaw area of England.

The first element, Gil(l), could be a Scandinavian word denoting "a ravine, narrow valley with a stream" or it could be an Old Norse descriptive name, Gill(e), denoting a "servant, worker."

The second element, - thorp(e), is of Old Norse origin. In Old English, it denoted "a farm" and, possibly, a "hamlet." The Old Danish meaning was "a small village due to colonization by a larger one."

Thus the meaning could be "farm, hamlet, near the ravine" or "Gill's farm or hamlet."
Added 12/25/2016 by Caprince