Gillen Family History

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Gillen Name Meaning

Irish: variant spelling of Gillan or reduced form of McGillen. Dutch: patronymic from Gil, a personal name that is a much reduced and altered vernacular form of Latin Aegidius (see Giles). German: variant of Gilbert. See also Gille 2.

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

Similar surnames: Dillen, Gilles, Hillen, Millen, Gille, Billen, Giller, Gillet, Gallen

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Gillen Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Gillen name?

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

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  • Ireland & Scotland


  • England & Wales


  • Germanic Europe


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • France


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Gillen Family Origin

Where is the Gillen family from?

Gillen Family Occupations

What did your Gillen ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Gillen family was Laundress. Agricultural Labourer, Hawker and Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Gillen. The most common Gillen occupation in the UK was Agricultural Labourer. 5% of Gillen's were Agricultural Labourers.

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  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Hawker

  • Labourer

  • Laundress


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

Gillen Historical Records

What Gillen family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 53,000 census records available for the last name Gillen. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Gillen 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 9,000 immigration records available for the last name Gillen. 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 Gillen. For the veterans among your Gillen ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Gillen Life Expectancy

What is the average Gillen lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Gillen life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Gillen in 1943 was 33, and 78 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Gillen

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Gillen 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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