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Gillan Family History

Gillan Surname Meaning

Irish: shortened Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Giolláin from a diminutive of giolla ‘lad servant devotee’. Compare Gill .

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022


Similar surnames: Gillian, Gillen, Gilligan, Millan, Gilland, Gallen, Finlan, Gillis

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Where is the Gillan family from?

You can see how Gillan families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Gillan family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Gillan families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 61 Gillan families living in Lancashire. This was about 23% of all the recorded Gillan's in United Kingdom. Lancashire had the highest population of Gillan families in 1891.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Gillan surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Gillan ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Gillan. 24% of Gillan men worked as a General Labourer and 73% of Gillan women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Gillan were Farm Labourer and Incapacitated. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1939

  • General Labourer
    24%
  • Laundry Worker Paid
    15%
  • Steel Building Erector
    15%
  • Farm Labourer
    10%

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    73%
  • Unpaid Domestic
    4%
  • Domestic Servant
    4%
  • Incapacitated
    4%
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Census Records

There are 32,000 census records available for the last name Gillan. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Gillan census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 8,000 immigration records available for the last name Gillan. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Australia, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 3,000 military records available for the last name Gillan. For the veterans among your Gillan ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Gillan lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Gillan life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1959, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Gillan in 1945 was 53, and 74 in 2004.

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