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Gill Family History

Gill Name Meaning
English: from a short form of the personal names Giles, Julian, or William. In theory the name would have a soft initial when derived from the first two of these, and a hard one when from William or from the other possibilities discussed in 2–4 below. However, there has been much confusion over the centuries.Northern English: topographic name for someone who lived by a ravine or deep glen, Middle English gil(l), Old Norse gil ‘ravine’.Scottish and Irish: reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Gille (Scottish), Mac Giolla (Irish), patronymics from an occupational name for a servant or a short form of the various personal names formed by attaching this element to the name of a saint. See McGill. The Old Norse personal name Gilli is probably of this origin, and may lie behind some examples of the name in northern England.Scottish and Irish: reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac An Ghoill (see Gall 1).Norwegian: habitational name from any of three farmsteads in western Norway named Gil, from Old Norse gil ‘ravine’.Dutch: cognate of Giles.Jewish (Israeli): ornamental name from Hebrew gil ‘joy’.German: from a vernacular short form of the medieval personal name Aegidius (see Gilger).Indian (Panjab): Sikh name, probably from Panjabi gil ‘moisture’, also meaning ‘prosperity’. There is a Jat tribe that bears this name; the Ramgarhia Sikhs also have a clan called Gill.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

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Name Distribution of Gill Families

  • Number of Gill families
     405 - 808
     136 - 404
     1 - 135
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Gill families
     3,112 - 6,222
     1,038 - 3,111
     1 - 1,037
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Gill families
     129 - 255
     44 - 128
     1 - 43
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Gill Family Origin

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Gill Immigration Information

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Gill Family Occupations

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