Gillespie (/ɡɪˈlɛspi/) is both a masculine given name, and a
surname in the English language. The given name is an
of the Gaelic
Gille Easbaig (also rendered Gilleasbaig), meaning
"bishop's servant". The surname
Gillespie is an
Anglicised form of
Scottish Gaelic Mac Gille Easbuig, and the Irish Mac Giolla
Easpaig, both of which mean "servant of the bishop". The given name
itself is derived from a word of
Latin origin. Specifically, the
Old Irish epscop being derived from the
Latin episcopus. An early
example of the name in Scotland occurs in a charter dated 1175–1199,
recording a certain "Ewano filio Gillaspeck". In Ireland, a
family bearing the surname occupied the office of toísech of Clann
Aílebra in the late twelfth century. In 1172, for example, the
toísech was slain by Donn Slébe Ua hEochada, King of Ulster. This
slain Mac Gilla Espuic may be identical to a certain Gilla Óengusa
mac Gilla Espuic, rechtaire of the Monaig of Ulster, who is earlier
recorded in the king's service. Whatever the case, a later family
bearing the surname appears on record as erenaghs of Kilraine in
County Donegal. During the sixteenth- and seventeenth-centuries in
Ireland, the surname is most common in Ulster. During the
nineteenth century in Ireland, the surname was most numerous in the
counties of Antrim, Donegal, Armagh, and Tyrone. Scottish Gaelic
forms of the surname include GillEasbuig, and GillEasbaig.
A. Arnold Gillespie (1899–1978), American cinema special effects
Aaron Gillespie (born 1983), American rock singer & drummer
Alastair Gillespie (born 1922), Canadian politician
Alessa Gillespie, character from the
Silent Hill series
Archibald H. Gillespie (1810–1873), officer in the United States
Bill Gillespie (journalist)
Bill Gillespie (journalist) (born 1946), Canadian journalist and
Bill Gillespie (politician)
Bill Gillespie (politician) (1928–2008), American politician
Bill Gillespie (footballer) (1887-1927), Australian footballer
Billy Gillespie (1891–1981), Irish football (soccer) player
Bobby Gillespie (born 1962), Scottish rock and roll musician
Brock Gillespie (born 1983), professional basketball player
Craig Gillespie (born 1967), Australian film director
Dahlia Gillespie, character from the
Silent Hill series
Dan Gillespie Sells
Dan Gillespie Sells (born 1979), English singer
Dana Gillespie (born 1949), British actress and singer
Daniel Gillespie (born 1938), American physicist
Darlene Gillespie (born 1941), Mousketeer born in Canada
David Gillespie (born 1964), Australian rugby league footballer
Dean M. Gillespie
Dean M. Gillespie (1884–1949), American politician
Dizzy Gillespie (1917–1993), American jazz musician
Earl Gillespie (1922–2003), American sportscaster
Ed Gillespie (born 1961), American politician
Gary Gillespie (born 1960), Scottish footballer
George Gillespie (1613–1648), Scottish theologian
George Lewis Gillespie, Jr.
George Lewis Gillespie, Jr. (1841–1913), US Army officer
Gregor Gillespie (born 1987), 4x NCAA Division 1 All-American Wrestler
Haven Gillespie (1888-1975), American
Tin Pan Alley
Tin Pan Alley composer and
Jacqueline Pascarl-Gillespie (born 1963), Australian author
Jason Gillespie (born 1975), Australian cricketer
Joseph Gillespie (1809–1885), American politician
Keith Gillespie (born 1975), Northern Irish footballer
Margaret V. Gillespie (born 1969), American politician
Mitch Gillespie (born 1959), American politician
N. Gillespie, association football coach of the 1940s
Nick Gillespie (born 1963), American editor & political writer
Paul Gillespie (1920–1970), Major League Baseball catcher
Phillip Gillespie (born 1975), Australian cricket umpire
Robert Gillespie (born 1933), British actor
Ronald Gillespie (born 1924), Canadian chemist
Ross Gillespie (born 1935), New Zealand hockey player
Shaun Gillespie, Canadian politician & new wave musician
Gillespie (born 1989), UK Ambassador to the Philippines
Steven Gillespie (born 1985), English footballer
Stuart Gillespie (born 1957), New Zealand cricketer
Conor Gillaspie (born 1987), American baseball player
Kayne Gillaspie (born 1979), American fashion designer
James Gillespie's High School, Edinburgh, Scotland
Gillespie, Illinois, United States
Gillespie, New Jersey, United States
Gillespie County, Texas, USA
Gillespie Field, a county-owned public-use airport near San Diego,
Gillespie Circle, a road on the
Marywood University campus in
Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA
Gillespie Road, a road in Highbury, London, England
Gillespie Road Underground station, Highbury, London, England
Gillespies Beach, gold mining ghost town near Fox Glacier, New Zealand
Gillespie Park, near
Gillespie Road Underground Station.
Gillespie Lake, a dried lake on planet
Mars near Yellowknife-bay.
Gillespie algorithm, for solving stochastic equations
Gillespie syndrome, a rare genetic disorder
Gillespie, Kidd & Coia, a Scottish architectural firm
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