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Gill Surname Meaning

English and Scottish: in northern England and Scotland sometimes from Middle English Gille Old Norse Gilli which is of Irish (Gaelic) origin (see below) and pronounced with a hard g. As a personal name it is not found after c. 1200. English and Scottish: topographic name from Middle English gille ‘deep glen ravine’ (Old Norse (Norwegian) gil) pronounced with a hard g. The term is found mainly in northwestern England where Norwegian Vikings settled. English: from a short form of Middle English Gilliam a borrowing of Guillaume a Central French form of William (see Gilliam ) which is also attested in pet forms such as Gillot and Gilmin (see Gillett Gilman ). This name will have been pronounced with a hard g. English: from the Middle English personal name Gille a pet form of Gillian usually a female name but occasionally male. It also gave rise to the surnames Jill Gell and Jell and was pronounced with a soft g hence the spellings with J-. English: from the Middle English and Old French personal name Gille a variant of Giles Scottish Irish and Manx: shortened 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. It is also a Manx surname meaning ‘son of the lad (i.e. servant)’.7: Scottish and Irish: shortened Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac An Ghoill (see Gall ).8: Norwegian: habitational name from any of the three farmsteads in western Norway named Gil from Old Norse gil ‘ravine’.9: Dutch: cognate of Giles .10: Jewish (Israeli): artificial name from Hebrew gil ‘joy’.1 German: from a vernacular short form of the medieval personal name Aegilius a later form of Latin Aegidius (see Giles ). This surname is also found in France (Alsace and Lorraine).1 Polish and German: variant or a Germanized form of Polish Gil ‘bullfinch’.1 Indian (Punjab): Sikh name probably from Punjabi 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 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Hill, Will, Bill, Mill, Dill, Gall, Guill, Brill, Pill, Zill

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You can see how Gill families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Gill family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Gill families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there were 94 Gill families living in Ohio. This was about 12% of all the recorded Gill's in USA. Ohio and 1 other state had the highest population of Gill families in 1840.
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What did your Gill ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Gill. 15% of Gill men worked as a Laborer and 7% of Gill women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Gill were Truck Driver and Housekeeper. .

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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 1940

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Teacher
  • Housewife
  • Stenographer
  • Housekeeper
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Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Gill life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Gill in 1941 was 43, and 72 in 2004.

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