Gilliam Family History

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Gilliam Name Meaning

English: variant of William, from a central French form in which W is replaced by G.

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

Similar surnames: Gillham, Gillam, Gillum, William, Gillian, Gilliom, Gilham, Gillem

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Gilliam Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Gilliam name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Gilliam. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Benin/Togo


  • Germanic Europe


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Gilliam Family Origin

Where is the Gilliam family from?

Gilliam Family Occupations

What did your Gilliam ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Laborer and Farm Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Gilliam. A less common occupation for the Gilliam family was Farming. The most common Gilliam occupation in the USA was Farmer. 47% of Gilliam's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Farm Laborer

  • Farming


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Gilliam ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Gilliam Historical Records

What Gilliam family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 72,000 census records available for the last name Gilliam. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Gilliam census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Gilliam. 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 Card

There are 18,000 military records available for the last name Gilliam. For the veterans among your Gilliam ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Gilliam Life Expectancy

What is the average Gilliam lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Gilliam life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1949, and highest in 1990. The average life expectancy for Gilliam in 1942 was 53, and 72 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Gilliam

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Gilliam ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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