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Gilly Name Meaning

English (Devon): variant of Gilley . French (southern): variant of Gilles or an altered form of Italian Gilli . South German and Swiss German: variant of Gilli .

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022


Similar surnames: Gille, Golly, Gill, Dilly, Gillen, Tilly, Gills, Gally, Willy, Gall

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Where is the Gilly family from?

You can see how Gilly families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Gilly family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Gilly families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 9 Gilly families living in Tennessee. This was about 25% of all the recorded Gilly's in USA. Tennessee had the highest population of Gilly families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Gilly surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Gilly ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Gilly. 24% of Gilly men worked as a Laborer and 12% of Gilly women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Gilly were Carpenter and Farming. .

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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
    24%
  • Farmer
    21%
  • Foreman
    5%
  • Carpenter
    5%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
    12%
  • Clerk
    12%
  • Teacher
    12%
  • Farming
    8%
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Census Records

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

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What is the average Gilly lifespan?

Between 1959 and 2004, in the United States, Gilly life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1961, and highest in 1989. The average life expectancy for Gilly in 1959 was 56, and 81 in 2004.

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