Gilliland Family History

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Gilliland Name Meaning

Scottish and northern Irish: reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Gille Fhaoláin (Scottish) or Mac Giolla Fhaoláin (Irish) ‘son of the servant of St Faolán’. Compare McClellan. Woulfe thinks that the Irish version died out and all modern forms were taken to Ulster from Scotland.

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

Similar surnames: Gilligan, Gilleran, Gillian, Gilfillan, Gilland, Gilleland, Gillan

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Gilliland Family Origin

Where is the Gilliland family from?

Gilliland Family Occupations

What did your Gilliland ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Gilliland occupation in the USA was Farmer. 56% of Gilliland's were Farmers. Farmer, Keeping House and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Gilliland. A less common occupation for the Gilliland family was Farming.

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  • Farmer

  • Keeping House

  • Laborer

  • Farming


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

Gilliland Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 56,000 census records available for the last name Gilliland. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Gilliland 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 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Gilliland. 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 13,000 military records available for the last name Gilliland. For the veterans among your Gilliland ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Gilliland Life Expectancy

What is the average Gilliland lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Gilliland life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Gilliland in 1941 was 49, and 75 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Gilliland

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Gilliland 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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