Gillis Family History

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Gillis Name Meaning

Scottish: reduced form of Gaelic Mac Gille Iosa ‘son of the servant of Jesus’. Compare McLeish. The usual spelling in Scotland is Gillies. Dutch form of Giles.

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

Similar surnames: Gill, Gillen, Gillig, Gilpin, Millis, Giblin, Gilliss, Gilles, Gallik

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Gillis Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Gillis name?

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

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • France


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


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Gillis Family Origin

Where is the Gillis family from?

Gillis Family Occupations

What did your Gillis ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Gillis. The most common Gillis occupation in the USA was Farmer. 36% of Gillis's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Gillis family was Farming.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Farming


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

Gillis Historical Records

What Gillis family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 115,000 census records available for the last name Gillis. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Gillis 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 19,000 immigration records available for the last name Gillis. 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 21,000 military records available for the last name Gillis. For the veterans among your Gillis ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Gillis Life Expectancy

What is the average Gillis lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Gillis life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1954, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Gillis in 1940 was 66, and 76 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Gillis

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Gillis 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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