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Origin and Meaning of Gilliam

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  • A submission from Arkansas, United States says the name Gilliam means "A gift of god. ." and is of English origin.
  • A user from New Jersey, United States says the name Gilliam is of English origin and means "French variant of William".

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From a medieval variant of the given name William.

  1. A patronymic surname​.

Notable Persons Named Gilliam

G.B. Grayson was an old-time music musician. His career lasted from 1927 to 1930. G.B. was given the name Gilliam Banmon Grayson on November 11th, 1887 in Ashe County, North Carolina, USA. He left this life on August 16th, 1930.


Gilliam was born in 1640 in Antwerp. He passed away in 1720.



Gilliam was born in 1805. He breathed his last breath in 1870.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Gilliam

Terry Gilliam is an actor, animator, comedian, director, producer, and screenwriter. His most notable accomplishments were from 1967 to present. Terry was given the name Terrence Vance Gilliam on November 22nd, 1940 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States.


Michelle Phillips is a folk music and pop music singing, songwriter, and actor. She plays Vocals. She was most active from 1965 to present. Michelle was given the name Holly Michelle Gilliam on June 4th, 1944 in Long Beach, California, U.S.


Seth Gilliam is an actor. His ongoing career started in 1990. Seth was born on November 5th, 1968 in New York.


Burton Gilliam is an actor. His most notable accomplishments were from 1973 to 1973. Burton was born on August 9th, 1938 in Dallas, Texas, U.S.


Joi is a contemporary r&b, rock music, funk, and soul music musician. She holds the title Lick". She was most active from 1993 to present. Joi was given the name Joi Elaine Gilliam on January 25th, 1972. Joi is also known as Joi.


Jude Deveraux is a romance novel, history, and paranormal novelist. Her ongoing career started in 1977. Jude was given the name Jude Gilliam on September 20th, 1947 in Fairdale, Kentucky United States.


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Popularity of Gilliam as a last name

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Common last names for Gilliam

  • Lewis
  • Jeter

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Gilliam U.S.
  White 60.55% 64.26%
  African American 34.14% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.39% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.55% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.45% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 1.92% 16.26%

Of Last Name Gilliam

People with the last name Gilliam are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Gilliam

  • How Popular is the name Gilliam? Gilliam is the 30,176th most popular name of all time. As a last name Gilliam was the 1,204th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Gilliam have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 157 babies born with the first name Gilliam in the United States. That's more than enough people named Gilliam to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Gilliam? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1914 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • When was Gilliam first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Gilliam is Wednesday, March 25th, 1874.
  • What year had the most people named Gilliam born? The highest recorded use of the first name Gilliam was in 1920 with a total of 9 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Gilliam: Your name in reverse order is Maillig. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Iagmlil. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Gilliam? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 29,414 people with the last name Gilliam.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Gilliam? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 10 of them will have Gilliam as their last name.

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