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Gilson Name Meaning

English: ‘son of Gill’ from a Middle English pet form of either the female name Gillian (Latin Juliana) or of the male names Gilliam a variant of William and Giles. + -son<i/>. See Gill . English: patronymic meaning ‘son of Giles’ from the personal name Giles + -son. Irish (Down): adopted for Mac Giolla Seanáin see Gilsenan . Walloon and northern French: from a shortened form of Gilesson a pet form of the personal name Giles (see Gilles ).

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


Similar surnames: Wilson, Gillon, Filson, Gipson, Bilson, Gibson, Dillon, Gillen

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Where is the Gilson family from?

You can see how Gilson families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Gilson family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Gilson families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 56 Gilson families living in New York. This was about 22% of all the recorded Gilson's in USA. New York had the highest population of Gilson families in 1840.
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What did your Gilson ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Gilson. 16% of Gilson men worked as a Laborer and 9% of Gilson women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Gilson were Truck Driver and Stenographer. .

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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
    16%
  • Farmer
    14%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Truck Driver
    4%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
    9%
  • Teacher
    7%
  • Housekeeper
    7%
  • Stenographer
    7%
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Passenger Lists

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There are 11,000 military records available for the last name Gilson. For the veterans among your Gilson ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Gilson lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Gilson life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1950, and highest in 1991. The average life expectancy for Gilson in 1942 was 39, and 77 in 2004.

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