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Gillard Name Meaning

English: from the Middle English personal name Gillard Jillard with initial soft g (/dʒ/) a borrowing of Old French Gillard a pet form of Gille (see Giles and 4 below). Alternatively from the Middle English personal name Gillard which with a hard g (/g/) would be from Old French Guilard corresponding to the Norman form Willard . English: sometimes perhaps an altered form of Gillett . English: sometimes perhaps an altered form of Gerard (Middle English Girard) with r/l substitution. French: from the Old French personal name Gillard a pet form of Gille and Gilles ‘Giles’. French: from the ancient Germanic personal name Gilhard composed of the elements gil ‘ardent’ + hard ‘hard strong’. French: from an assimilated form of the ancient Germanic personal name Gislehard composed of the elements gīsil ‘pledge hostage noble offspring’ (see Giesel ) + hard ‘hard strong’.

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

Similar surnames: Billard, Gilliard, Willard, Pillard, Millard, Allard, Hillard

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Where is the Gillard family from?

You can see how Gillard families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Gillard family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Gillard families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there were 7 Gillard families living in Louisiana. This was about 30% of all the recorded Gillard's in USA. Louisiana had the highest population of Gillard families in 1840.
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What did your Gillard ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Gillard. 23% of Gillard men worked as a Laborer and 14% of Gillard women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Gillard were Truck Driver and Laundress. .

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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

  • Maid
  • Cook
  • Servant
  • Laundress
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There are 6,000 military records available for the last name Gillard. For the veterans among your Gillard ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Gillard lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Gillard life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 1968. The average life expectancy for Gillard in 1941 was 52, and 72 in 2004.

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