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Meaning and name origin

Gillian \gi(l)-lian\ as a girl's name (also used as boy's name Gillian), is pronounced GILL-ee-an, JILL-ee-an. It is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Gillian is "youthful". Anglicization of Juliana. A common name in the Middle Ages. Actress Gillian Anderson.


Gillian has 15 variant forms: Ghilian, Ghiliane, Ghillian, Gilian, Giliana, Gill, Gillan, Gillianna, Gillianne, Gillie, Gillyanne, Jillian, Jillianne, Jillyan and Jyllian.

For more information, see also the related girl name Jill.


Gillian is a very popular first name for females (#1252 out of 4276, Top 29%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#11068 out of 88799, Top 12%) (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Gillian for girls. Gillian reached its highest rank of #303 in the U.S. in 1999. (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Gillian name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Gillian outside U.S.

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Gillian and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Juliana (#157), Jillian (#385), Jill and Gillian. (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Gillian, Jill, Jillian, Juliana in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Gillian, Jillian, Juliana outside U.S.

Similar Names

Suggested similar baby names are Dillian, Giuliana and Lillian. These names tend to be less commonly used than Gillian.