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Gilligan Family History

Gilligan Surname Meaning

Irish (Sligo Offaly and Roscommon): shortened Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Giollagáin a double diminutive of giolla ‘lad’.

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


Similar surnames: Gillian, Galligan, Milligan, Gilliland, Gilleran, Gillan, Halligan

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Where is the Gilligan family from?

You can see how Gilligan families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Gilligan family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Gilligan families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 230 Gilligan families living in Lancashire. This was about 38% of all the recorded Gilligan's in United Kingdom. Lancashire had the highest population of Gilligan families in 1891.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Gilligan surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Gilligan 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 Gilligan. 28% of Gilligan men worked as a General Labourer and 76% of Gilligan women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Gilligan were Chemical Labourer and Unpaid Domestic. .

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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
    28%
  • Builders Labourer
    10%
  • Dock Labourer
    8%
  • Chemical Labourer
    5%

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    76%
  • Incapacitated
    5%
  • Domestic Servant
    4%
  • Unpaid Domestic
    3%
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Census Records

There are 54,000 census records available for the last name Gilligan. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Gilligan 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 11,000 immigration records available for the last name Gilligan. 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 9,000 military records available for the last name Gilligan. For the veterans among your Gilligan ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Gilligan lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Gilligan life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Gilligan in 1944 was 34, and 76 in 2004.

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