The Gilliland name ,in the gaelic language is MacGill'fhaolain. We come from Scotland and Ireland , our true home. Variations of the name Gilliland are as follows: MacGill'fhaolain , Mcgill'olane , Macgillelane , Gilliand , Gilleland , Gilland. MacGill'fhaolain means "son of servant". The MacGill'fhaolain clan were followers of a Saint Fillan (Fhaolain) . The word Gill in archaic form means royalty. The clan lived in the middle of Scotland. Over the years the family changed the spelling of the name to make pronunication simple.
From: Norman Waddell
If you found my site then you must be looking for your Gilliland family. Since there are many spellings of this name , there are alot of famliy out there. My mother was a Gilland, but the spelling was changed by her grandfather in Meigs co Ohio. Our family goes all the way back to Scotland and Ireland. On the next pages I will list the line and any history I can come across. All sources will be listed as well.