Gilmore (surname)

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Gilmore and Gillmore are surnames with several origins and meanings.

The name can be of Irish (from Ulster) and Scottish Highland origin, Anglicised from the Gaelic Mac Gille Mhoire (Scottish Gaelic), Mac Giolla Mhuire (Ulster Irish Gaelic).[1] The name was a patronymic name meaning "servant of (the Virgin) Mary".[1]

Another origin of the surname Gilmore is Irish, with two separate meanings. In County Armagh, the name is an Anglicised form of Mac Giolla Mhura "servant of St. Mura" (of Fahan, County Donegal).[1] In County Sligo, Gilmore is an Anglicisation of Mac Giolla Mhir meaning "son of the spirited lad".[1]

People surnamed Gilmore or Gillmore[edit]

Fictional characters[edit]

  • Jim Gilmore, protagonist of Ernest Hemingway's early short story "Up In Michigan," written in 1921 and revised in 1938.[3]
  • Hugh Gilmore, alter ego alias of pulp magazine character Jethro Dumont as The Green Lama
  • Lorelai Gilmore and Rory Gilmore, mother-and-daughter protagonists of the comedy-drama Gilmore Girls
    • Emily Gilmore, Lorelai's mother and Rory's grandmother from the same series
  • Happy Gilmore, the title character of the Adam Sandler movie, Happy Gilmore.
  • Shaun Gilmore, a recurring character in the first season of Critical Role, a powerful sorcerer and ally of Vox Machina who runs Gilmore's Glorious Goods, a store selling magical items and artifacts.


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