Gillan Family History

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Gillan Name Meaning

reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Giolláin, from a diminutive of giolla ‘lad’. reduced form of Gilliland.

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

Similar surnames: Gillian, Gillen, Gilligan, Millan, Gilland, Gallen, Finlan, Gillis

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Gillan Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Gillan name?

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

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  • Ireland & Scotland


  • England & Wales


  • European Jewish


  • Norway


  • Germanic Europe


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Gillan Family Origin

Where is the Gillan family from?

Gillan Family Occupations

What did your Gillan ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Gillan family was Shoemaker. The most common Gillan occupation in the UK was Labourer. 5% of Gillan's were Labourers. Labourer, Coal Miner and House Keeper were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Gillan.

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  • Labourer

  • Coal Miner

  • House Keeper

  • Shoemaker


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Gillan ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Gillan Historical Records

What Gillan family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 32,000 census records available for the last name Gillan. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Gillan 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 8,000 immigration records available for the last name Gillan. 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 3,000 military records available for the last name Gillan. For the veterans among your Gillan ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Gillan Life Expectancy

What is the average Gillan lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Gillan life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1959, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Gillan in 1945 was 53, and 74 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Gillan

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Gillan 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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