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Gillian Family History

Gillian Surname Meaning

English: from the Middle English and Old French male and female personal names Gillian Gilion Jilian Gelian all vernacular forms of Latin Julianus and Juliana (see Julian ). Irish (Antrim): shortened Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Gileáin ‘son of Gileán’ a variant of the personal name Gealán from a diminutive of geal ‘bright white’.

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


Similar surnames: Gilligan, Gillan, Gilpin, Gillion, Gillman, Illian, Gilleran

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Where is the Gillian family from?

You can see how Gillian families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Gillian family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Gillian families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 21 Gillian families living in Yorkshire. This was about 34% of all the recorded Gillian's in United Kingdom. Yorkshire had the highest population of Gillian families in 1891.
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What did your Gillian 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 Gillian. 50% of Gillian men worked as a General Labourer and 86% of Gillian women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Gillian were Electrician Wireman and Waitress. .

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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
    50%
  • Electrician Wireman
    50%

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    86%
  • Unpaid Household Duties
    8%
  • Waitress
    8%
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Census Records

There are 16,000 census records available for the last name Gillian. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Gillian 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Gillian. 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 2,000 military records available for the last name Gillian. For the veterans among your Gillian ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Gillian lifespan?

Between 1958 and 2004, in the United States, Gillian life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1961, and highest in 1966. The average life expectancy for Gillian in 1958 was 53, and 74 in 2004.

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