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Gillespie Name Meaning

Scottish and Irish (Donegal): shortened Anglicized form of Scottish Gaelic Mac Gille Easbuig borrowed into Irish as Mac Giolla Easpaig a patronymic from a personal name meaning ‘servant of the bishop’.

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


Similar surnames: Gilleran, Gillispie, Gillaspie, Gillis, Gilpin, Glaspie, Gillen

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Where is the Gillespie family from?

You can see how Gillespie families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Gillespie family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Gillespie families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 56 Gillespie families living in New York. This was about 20% of all the recorded Gillespie's in USA. New York had the highest population of Gillespie families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Gillespie surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Gillespie ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Gillespie. 15% of Gillespie men worked as a Farmer and 8% of Gillespie women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Gillespie were Clerk 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

  • Farmer
    15%
  • Laborer
    12%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Clerk
    3%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Stenographer
    8%
  • Teacher
    7%
  • Housewife
    6%
  • Housekeeper
    6%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 45,000 immigration records available for the last name Gillespie. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 50,000 military records available for the last name Gillespie. For the veterans among your Gillespie ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Gillespie lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Gillespie life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Gillespie in 1942 was 38, and 74 in 2004.

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