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Gilman Family History

Gilman Name Meaning

English: variant spelling of Gillman. Altered spelling of German Gillmann (see Gillman).

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

Similar surnames: Gillman, Girman, Kilman, Milman, Hilman, Silman, Tillman, Pigman

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Where is the Gilman family from?

You can see how Gilman families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Gilman family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Gilman families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 173 Gilman families living in New Hampshire. This was about 32% of all the recorded Gilman's in USA. New Hampshire had the highest population of Gilman families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Gilman surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Gilman ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Gilman. 12% of Gilman men worked as a Laborer and 9% of Gilman women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Gilman were Clerk and Teacher. .

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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
  • Salesman
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
  • Clerk
  • Housekeeper
  • Teacher
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Census Records

There are 90,000 census records available for the last name Gilman. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Gilman 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 11,000 immigration records available for the last name Gilman. 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 19,000 military records available for the last name Gilman. For the veterans among your Gilman ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Gilman lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Gilman life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1940, and highest in 1944. The average life expectancy for Gilman in 1940 was 36, and 79 in 2004.

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