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Jill

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208k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
148
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

What does the name Jill mean? Find out below.

Origin and Meaning of Jill

"Jill" is a name of English origin, and it means "Short form of Jillian". It's a name commonly given to girls.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Jill
A young woman; a sweetheart. See Gill.

Etymology: See Gill sweetheart

Wiktionary

A variant of Gill, diminutive of Gillian, a medieval form of Juliana, ultimately from Latin.

  1. A female given name.
  2. Generic use for any female (as Sheila in Australian English), especially paired (since the 15th c., compare Ienken and Iulyan) with the male Jack.
  3. A young woman; a sweetheart; like the variant spelling Gill it was also associated with various assertive uses of the term flirt, as in flirtgigg (used by William Shakespeare for a 'woman of light or loose behavior').
  4. A jillstrap: the female counterpart to a jockstrap.

Notable Persons Named Jill

Jill Stein is a Member of the Lexington Town Meeting and from the 2nd district. Jill was born on May 14th, 1950 in Chicago, Illinois, U.S.

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Jill Biden is a Second Lady of the United States. Jill was born on June 3rd, 1951 in Hammonton, New Jersey.

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Jill Ireland was an actor and actress. She was most active from 1955 to 1955. Jill was given the name Jill Dorothy Ireland on April 24th, 1936 in London. She passed away on May 18th, 1990.

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Jill St. John is an actress and actor. She was most active from 1949 to 2002. Jill was given the name Jill Arlyn Oppenheim on August 19th, 1940 in Los Angeles, California, US.

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Jill Clayburgh was an actress. She was most prominent from 1968 to 2010. Jill was born on April 30th, 1944 in New York City, New York, United States. She left this life on November 5th, 2010.

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Jill Scott is a contemporary r&b, soul music, neo soul, jazz, quiet storm, hip hop music, and spoken word singer-songwriter, model (people), poet, and actor. She was most prominent from 1999 to present. Jill was born on April 4th, 1972.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Jill

Jodi Jill is a writer. Jodi was born on January 29th, 1971 in Albert Lea, Minnesota.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1906 5 5 0
1910 6 6 0
1912 5 5 0
1913 5 5 0
1914 5 5 0
1915 5 5 0
1917 6 6 0
1918 6 6 0
1919 15 15 0
1920 14 14 0
1921 11 11 0
1922 15 15 0
1923 20 20 0
1924 17 17 0
1925 17 17 0
1926 34 34 0
1927 38 38 0
1928 36 36 0
1929 54 54 0
1930 58 58 0
1931 72 72 0
1932 84 84 0
1933 112 112 0
1934 149 149 0
1935 151 151 0
1936 180 180 0
1937 184 184 0
1938 265 265 0
1939 323 323 0
1940 389 389 0
1941 490 490 0
1942 663 663 0
1943 817 811 6
1944 1,044 1,037 7
1945 1,158 1,158 0
1946 1,625 1,625 0
1947 1,866 1,859 7
1948 1,892 1,887 5
1949 1,947 1,947 0
1950 2,197 2,197 0
1951 2,568 2,568 0
1952 3,056 3,051 5
1953 3,388 3,388 0
1954 3,974 3,966 8
1955 4,235 4,219 16
1956 4,587 4,577 10
1957 4,741 4,732 9 #100 girl name
1958 4,802 4,802 0 #98 girl name
1959 5,571 5,555 16 #86 girl name
1960 6,028 6,018 10 #76 girl name
1961 6,150 6,133 17 #74 girl name
1962 6,184 6,170 14 #72 girl name
1963 6,317 6,305 12 #68 girl name
1964 7,255 7,239 16 #61 girl name
1965 7,847 7,821 26 #51 girl name
1966 7,883 7,868 15 #49 girl name
1967 7,421 7,402 19 #50 girl name
1968 7,542 7,524 18 #46 girl name
1969 6,686 6,667 19 #51 girl name
1970 6,832 6,807 25 #52 girl name
1971 5,736 5,725 11 #59 girl name
1972 4,839 4,825 14 #62 girl name
1973 4,553 4,540 13 #62 girl name
1974 5,077 5,060 17 #58 girl name
1975 5,748 5,728 20 #46 girl name
1976 5,300 5,284 16 #52 girl name
1977 6,256 6,240 16 #41 girl name
1978 5,695 5,675 20 #46 girl name
1979 5,218 5,194 24 #52 girl name
1980 4,569 4,557 12 #66 girl name
1981 3,863 3,855 8 #78 girl name
1982 3,284 3,270 14 #89 girl name
1983 2,800 2,788 12 #98 girl name
1984 2,333 2,327 6
1985 2,045 2,038 7
1986 1,779 1,772 7
1987 1,415 1,410 5
1988 1,333 1,333 0
1989 1,057 1,057 0
1990 834 834 0
1991 721 721 0
1992 647 647 0
1993 546 546 0
1994 462 462 0
1995 408 408 0
1996 344 344 0
1997 314 314 0
1998 263 263 0
1999 213 213 0
2000 215 215 0
2001 186 186 0
2002 139 139 0
2003 153 153 0
2004 120 120 0
2005 113 113 0
2006 142 142 0
2007 93 93 0
2008 91 91 0
2009 82 82 0
2010 71 71 0
2011 55 55 0
2012 43 43 0
2013 46 46 0
2014 52 52 0
2015 36 36 0
2016 31 31 0

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Popularity of Jill as a first name

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Popularity of Jill as a last name

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Common last names for Jill

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Miller
  • Brown
  • Jones
  • Taylor
  • Martin
  • Williams
  • Anderson
  • Moore
  • Jackson
  • Young
  • Robinson

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Jill U.S.
  White 56.76% 64.26%
  African American 18.24% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 4.05% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 18.24% 16.26%

Of Last Name Jill

People with the last name Jill are most frequently White, African American, or Hispanic or Latino

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Fun Facts about the name Jill

  • How Popular is the name Jill? Jill is the 356th most popular name of all time. As a last name Jill was the 117,480th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Jill have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 208,367 babies born with the first name Jill in the United States. That's more than enough people named Jill to occupy the country of Samoa with an estimated population of 186,340 (as of November 7, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Jill? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1906 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Jill first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Jill is Saturday, October 16th, 1880.
  • What year had the most people named Jill born? The highest recorded use of the first name Jill was in 1966 with a total of 7,868 babies. That's a lot of babies named Jill!
  • Random Jill Factoid: According to the 1972 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Jill ranks 53rd in popularity as a baby girl's name in Colorado. Imagine that, 67 babies in Colorado have the same name as you in 1972.
  • Weird things about the name Jill: Your name in reverse order is Llij. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Illj. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Jill? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 148 people with the last name Jill.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Jill? Jill is one of the most unique last names recorded.

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  • 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.
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