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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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Where is the Gilliard family from?

You can see how Gilliard families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Gilliard family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Gilliard families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 5 Gilliard families living in South Carolina. This was about 50% of all the recorded Gilliard's in the USA. South Carolina had the highest population of Gilliard families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Gilliard surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Gilliard ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Laborer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Gilliard. 45% of Gilliard men worked as a Laborer and 16% of Gilliard women worked as a Laborer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Gilliard were Farming 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
  • Truck Driver
  • Farming

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Laborer
  • Cook
  • Maid
  • Laundress
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Census Records

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 Lists

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 Cards

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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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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