Gil Name Meaning

Spanish, Catalan, Portuguese, Dutch, and German: from the personal name Gil, from French Gille(s), from Latin Aegidius (see Giles). German: from Slavic gil ‘bullfinch’, probably a nickname for a simpleton.

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

Similar surnames: Gill, Giel, Gal, Gilb, Geil, Gail, Gille, Gell, Milz, Goy

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Gil Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Gil name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Gil. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • Spain


  • Native American—North, Central, South


  • Portugal


  • England & Wales


  • France


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Gil Family Origin

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Gil Family Occupations

What did your Gil ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Gil occupation in the USA was Farmer. 38% of Gil's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Gil family was House Carpenter. Farmer, Carpenter and Farming were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Gil.

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  • Farmer

  • Carpenter

  • Farming

  • House Carpenter


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Gil Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 23,000 census records available for the last name Gil. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Gil census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 21,000 immigration records available for the last name Gil. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

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

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Gil Life Expectancy

What is the average Gil lifespan?

Between 1948 and 2004, in the United States, Gil life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Gil in 1948 was 50, and 72 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Gil ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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