Gill Family History

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Gill Name Meaning

English: from a short form of the personal names Giles, Julian, or William. In theory the name would have a soft initial when derived from the first two of these, and a hard one when from William or from the other possibilities discussed in 2–4 below. However, there has been much confusion over the centuries. Northern English: topographic name for someone who lived by a ravine or deep glen, Middle English gil(l), Old Norse gil ‘ravine’. Scottish and Irish: reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Gille (Scottish), Mac Giolla (Irish), patronymics from an occupational name for a servant or a short form of the various personal names formed by attaching this element to the name of a saint. See McGill. The Old Norse personal name Gilli is probably of this origin, and may lie behind some examples of the name in northern England. Scottish and Irish: reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac An Ghoill (see Gall 1). Norwegian: habitational name from any of three farmsteads in western Norway named Gil, from Old Norse gil ‘ravine’. Dutch: cognate of Giles. Jewish (Israeli): ornamental name from Hebrew gil ‘joy’. German: from a vernacular short form of the medieval personal name Aegidius (see Gilger). Indian (Panjab): Sikh name, probably from Panjabi gil ‘moisture’, also meaning ‘prosperity’. There is a Jat tribe that bears this name; the Ramgarhia Sikhs also have a clan called Gill.

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

Similar surnames: Hill, Will, Bill, Mill, Dill, Gall, Guill, Brill, Pill, Zill

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Gill Family Origin

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Gill Family Occupations

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In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the UK named Gill. 7% of Gill men worked as a General Labourer and 66% of Gill women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Gill were Incapacitated and Incapacitated

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Top Male Occupations in 1939

  • General Labourer
  • Farmer
  • Builders Labourer
  • Incapacitated

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Housewife
  • Incapacitated

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Gill Life Expectancy

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Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Gill life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Gill in 1941 was 43, and 72 in 2004.

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