Gilliard Family History

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Gilliard Name Meaning

English and northern Irish (county Down): probably a variant of Gillard. French and Swiss French: from a derivative of Gillier, from the Germanic personal name Giselher, composed of gisil ‘hostage’, ‘pledge’, ‘noble offspring’ (see Giesel) + heri ‘army’.

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

Similar surnames: Gillard, Hilliard, Millard, Gilliand, Billard, Willard, Dilliard

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Gilliard Family Origin

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Gilliard Family Occupations

What did your Gilliard ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Gilliard family was Farm Hand. The most common Gilliard occupation in the USA was Laborer. 36% of Gilliard's were Laborers. Laborer, Farmer and Works On Farm were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Gilliard.

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  • Laborer

  • Farmer

  • Works On Farm

  • Farm Hand


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Gilliard Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 12,000 census records available for the last name Gilliard. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Gilliard 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 854 immigration records available for the last name Gilliard. 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 2,000 military records available for the last name Gilliard. For the veterans among your Gilliard ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Gilliard Life Expectancy

What is the average Gilliard lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Gilliard life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Gilliard in 1944 was 29, and 67 in 2004.

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