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Gillison Family History

Gillison Name Meaning

Scottish and Irish: patronymic from the personal name Gillis + -son. English: patronymic from the personal name Gille (see Gill ) + -son or from the Middle English personal name Gilly + son.

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


Similar surnames: Gilkison, Gilliss, Kellison, Willison, Callison, Allison, Hillson

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Where is the Gillison family from?

You can see how Gillison families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Gillison family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Gillison families were found in USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 4 Gillison families living in South Carolina. This was about 36% of all the recorded Gillison's in USA. South Carolina had the highest population of Gillison families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Gillison surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Gillison ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Gillison. 25% of Gillison men worked as a Farmer and 20% of Gillison women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Gillison were Salesman and Clerk. .

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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

  • Farmer
    25%
  • Laborer
    25%
  • Truck Driver
    6%
  • Salesman
    5%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Maid
    20%
  • Servant
    10%
  • Laborer
    7%
  • Clerk
    7%
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Census Records

There are 7,000 census records available for the last name Gillison. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Gillison 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Gillison. 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 752 military records available for the last name Gillison. For the veterans among your Gillison ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Gillison lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Gillison life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 1984. The average life expectancy for Gillison in 1943 was 41, and 70 in 2004.

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