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Origins of the Gill surname

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What does the name Gill mean?

The Gill surname is English in origin, with Anglo-Norman roots. The name is a patronymic, and refers to those who were the son or descendant of a person named 'Gill' or 'Jill', both diminutive forms of the popular given name 'Guillaume' or 'William'. It is particularly prevalent in West Yorkshire.

Alternative variations of the name Gill

Gill, Gil, McGill, Geill, Gille

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Where do most Gills live?

In 1921, most Gills lived in Yorkshire.


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Interesting facts about Gills

How common is your surname?

157th most common surname in the UK

We have 217,000 records for the Gill surname. The oldest one dates back to 1264.

Who were Gills most likely to marry?

Smiths

&

Mc Gills

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What are the most common Gill first names?

  • John
  • William
  • Mary
  • Elizabeth

Our birth record sets tell us the names of Gill family members

Common jobs for Gills

Men and women often performed different types of jobs, so these are displayed by gender to maintain their historical accuracy.

Common Female occupations for Gills in 1921
Dressmaker

953

Laundress

491

Domestic Servant

483

General Servant Domestic

454

House Servant

447

Common Male occupations for Gills in 1921
Coal Miner

827

Farmer

734

Agricultural Labourer

714

General Labourer

689

Carpenter

512

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