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Gillem Name Meaning

English and Scottish: from the personal name Gillem, a variant of Guillaume, French form of William.

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


Similar surnames: Gillet, Gillum, Gille, Gillam, Giller, Gilles, Gillen, Gill, Millen

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Where is the Gillem family from?

You can see how Gillem families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Gillem family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Gillem families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 3 Gillem families living in Alabama. This was about 30% of all the recorded Gillem's in the USA. Alabama had the highest population of Gillem families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Gillem surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Gillem ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Gillem. 36% of Gillem men worked as a Laborer and 28% of Gillem women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Gillem were New Worker 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
    36%
  • Farmer
    18%
  • Porter
    12%
  • New Worker
    9%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
    28%
  • Stenographer
    12%
  • Housewife
    12%
  • Housekeeper
    12%
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Census Records

There are 4,000 census records available for the last name Gillem. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Gillem 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 145 immigration records available for the last name Gillem. 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 4,000 military records available for the last name Gillem. For the veterans among your Gillem ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Gillem lifespan?

Between 1963 and 2004, in the United States, Gillem life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1997, and highest in 1986. The average life expectancy for Gillem in 1963 was 68, and 67 in 2004.

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