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Gilles Name Meaning

French: variant spelling of Giles. German: from the personal name Gilius, from Aegilius, a Late Latin variant of Aegidius (see Giles 1).

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


Similar surnames: Gillen, Illes, Gille, Gillet, Giles, Galles, Giller, Gillem, Tilles

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Where is the Gilles family from?

You can see how Gilles families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Gilles family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Gilles families were found in Canada in 1911. In 1840 there were 11 Gilles families living in New York. This was about 42% of all the recorded Gilles's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Gilles families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Gilles surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Gilles ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Gilles. 17% of Gilles men worked as a Laborer and 11% of Gilles women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Gilles 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
    17%
  • Farmer
    14%
  • Salesman
    9%
  • Truck Driver
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    11%
  • Stenographer
    9%
  • Housework
    8%
  • Housekeeper
    8%
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Census Records

There are 24,000 census records available for the last name Gilles. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Gilles 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 6,000 immigration records available for the last name Gilles. 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 3,000 military records available for the last name Gilles. For the veterans among your Gilles ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Gilles lifespan?

Between 1953 and 2004, in the United States, Gilles life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1957, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Gilles in 1953 was 45, and 78 in 2004.

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