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Gulletto (Gullett)

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Helen Report 30 Aug 2013 11:23

Has anybody come across the surname Gulletto?

I have a lot of Gullett ancestors who came from Devon, primarily the Plymouth area. I have found Gullett ancestors in this area going back to the 18th century, however, the story in my family was that the original surname was Gulletto and that my ancestors came to England as part of the Spanish Armada and after this the "o" was dropped and the name changed to Gullett. I have found people with the Gulletto surname who came from Italy or Sicily and emigrated to America in the 19th/early 20th century - has anyone been fortunate enough to get back to the 16th century in their research or ever heard of anybody with the surname Gulletto in England/Spain/Italy?


Reggie Report 30 Aug 2013 12:33

Have you looked in 'search all trees'?


ArgyllGran Report 30 Aug 2013 13:51

Have you come across this in your searches?


AnnCardiff Report 30 Aug 2013 15:47

This French, Spanish, German, Italian and English surname of GULLETT was originally from the Norman form of an Old French personal name, composed of the Germanic element WIL (will, desire). The name was introduced into England at the time of the Norman Conquest of 1066, and within a very short period it became the most popular given name in England, in the form William, no doubt in honour of the Conqueror himself. The name has also enjoyed considerable popularity in Germany as WILHELM, France as GUILLAUME, Spain as GUILLERMO and Italy as GUGLIELMO, with numerous other variants. The name dates to Robertus filius Willelmi, listed as a tenant in the Domesday Book of 1086. John filius Willelmi of Yorkshire, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. It was the name of four Kings of England, William I (1066-1087), the Conqueror, and the Duke of Normandy. William II. (1087-1100). William III. (1650-1702), and William IV. (1765-1837). At first the coat of arms was a practical matter which served a function on the battlefield and in tournaments. With his helmet covering his face, and armour encasing the knight from head to foot, the only means of identification for his followers, was the insignia painted on his shield and embroidered on his surcoat, the flowing and draped garment worn over the armour. A notable member of the name was Joseph Ignace GUILLOTIN (1738-1814) the French physician and Revolutionary, born in Saintes. As a deputy in the Estates General in 1789, he proposed to the Constituent Assembly the use of the decapitating instrument, which was adopted in 1791 and was named after him.In the Middle Ages the Herald (old French herault) was an officer whose duty it was to proclaim war or peace, carry challenges to battle and messages between sovereigns; nowadays war or peace is still proclaimed by the heralds, but their chief duty as court functionaries is to superintend state ceremonies, such as coronations, installations, and to grant arms. Edward III (1327-1377) appointed two heraldic kings-at-arms for south and north, England in 1340. The English College of Heralds was incorporated by Richard III in 1483-84.


Cynthia Report 31 Aug 2013 11:31

Hello Helen and welcome to the Community Boards. :-)

I'll send Helen a message on how to return to her thread. :-)


Helen Report 31 Aug 2013 12:45

Thank you to all of you for the information so far.