Gillian

First Name
15k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
2k
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

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Origin and Meaning of Gillian

"Gillian" is a name of English origin, and it means "Youthful, Downy". It's a name commonly given to girls.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Gil"li*an
A girl; esp., a wanton; a gill.

Etymology: OE. Gillian, a woman's name, for Julian Juliana. Cf. Gill a girl

Wiktionary
  1. A female given name. Medieval variant of Julian and Juliana, revived and quite popular in Britain in the mid-twentieth century.

Notable Persons With the Name Gillian

Gillian Anderson is an actress, activist, writer, producer, and director. She was most prominent from 1986 to present. Gillian was born on August 9th, 1968 in Chicago, Illinois, U.S.

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Gillian Jacobs is an actress. She was most active from 2005 to present. Gillian was given the name Gillian MacLaren Jacobs on October 19th, 1982 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.

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Gillian Flynn is a fiction, thriller (genre), and mystery fiction writer. Her most notable accomplishments were from 2007 to present. Gillian was given the name Gillian Schieber Flynn on February 24th, 1971 in Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.

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Gillian Welch is a bluegrass music, americana (music), and country music singer-songwriter. She plays Acoustic guitar, Banjo, Drum kit, Gibson Guitar Corporation, and Vocals. She holds the title Orphan Girl" and Wrecking Ball". Gillian was born on October 2nd, 1967 in New York City, New York, U.S.

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Gillian Chung Yan-tung is an actor. She has had major accomplishments since 2001. Gillian was given the name Chung Dik-saan, .

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Gillian Gilbert is a new wave music, synthpop, post-punk, alternative dance, alternative rock, and electronica musician. She plays Keyboard instrument, Synthesizer, Music sequencer, Electric guitar, and Vocals. Gillian was given the name Gillian Lesley Gilbert on January 27th, 1961 in Whalley Range, Manchester, England.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Gillian

Mike Gillian is an influential person. Mike was born on July 19th, 1964 in Ayer, Massachusetts.

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How popular is the baby name Gillian in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1922 5 5 0
1937 6 6 0
1938 6 6 0
1940 7 7 0
1941 9 9 0
1942 7 7 0
1943 10 10 0
1944 7 7 0
1945 13 13 0
1946 11 11 0
1947 22 22 0
1948 19 19 0
1949 23 23 0
1950 18 18 0
1951 19 19 0
1952 15 15 0
1953 19 19 0
1954 16 16 0
1955 29 29 0
1956 26 26 0
1957 31 31 0
1958 25 25 0
1959 35 35 0
1960 19 19 0
1961 51 51 0
1962 65 65 0
1963 61 61 0
1964 70 70 0
1965 82 82 0
1966 83 83 0
1967 84 84 0
1968 116 116 0
1969 128 128 0
1970 125 125 0
1971 121 121 0
1972 128 128 0
1973 139 139 0
1974 110 110 0
1975 100 100 0
1976 94 94 0
1977 162 162 0
1978 182 175 7
1979 174 174 0
1980 173 173 0
1981 221 221 0
1982 259 254 5
1983 227 227 0
1984 255 255 0
1985 234 234 0
1986 209 209 0
1987 264 264 0
1988 291 281 10
1989 262 262 0
1990 245 238 7
1991 214 209 5
1992 197 197 0
1993 176 176 0
1994 162 162 0
1995 221 221 0
1996 379 379 0
1997 659 659 0
1998 890 890 0
1999 1,030 1,022 8
2000 982 976 6
2001 863 863 0
2002 761 761 0
2003 638 638 0
2004 513 513 0
2005 420 420 0
2006 370 362 8
2007 366 366 0
2008 339 339 0
2009 251 251 0
2010 216 211 5
2011 188 188 0
2012 166 166 0
2013 120 120 0
2014 124 124 0
2015 120 120 0

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Popularity of Gillian as a first name

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Popularity of Gillian as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Gillian U.S.
  White 68.73% 64.26%
  African American 24.45% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.91% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.91% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.29% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.72% 16.26%

Of Last Name Gillian

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

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Fun Facts about the name Gillian

  • How Popular is the name Gillian? Gillian is the 1,884th most popular name of all time. As a last name Gillian was the 14,274th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Gillian have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 15,477 babies born with the first name Gillian in the United States. That's more than enough people named Gillian to occupy the territory of Anguilla (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 15,236 (as of July 1, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Gillian? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1922 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Gillian first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Gillian is Saturday, December 25th, 1880.
  • What year had the most people named Gillian born? The highest recorded use of the first name Gillian was in 1999 with a total of 1,022 babies. That's a lot of babies named Gillian!
  • Random Gillian Factoid: According to the 1999 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Gillian ranks 98th in popularity as a baby girl's name in Delaware. Imagine that, 10 babies in Delaware have the same name as you in 1999.
  • Weird things about the name Gillian: Your name in reverse order is Naillig. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ligailn. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Gillian? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 2,098 people with the last name Gillian.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Gillian? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Gillian as their last name since less than 1 person in 141k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

What Gillian's Have Visited This Page?

What does the name Gillian mean?

Gis for generous, your giving nature.

Iis for important, the search for all parts of life that are

Lis for luxury, the luxury of your smile.

Lis for look, the way you look at life.

Iis for infinite, are your possibilities

Ais for accomplished, in all that you do.

Nis for narrator, tell many stories

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  • Sources:
  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
  • Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.