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What does Gillian mean?

Gillian Pronunciation of Gillian [gillian] as a girls' name (also used less widely as boys' 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; feminine of Julian. A common name in the Middle Ages that was used as a generic term for a female. Actress Gillian Anderson.

Associated with: youthful.


Gillian has 16 variants: Ghilian, Ghiliane, Ghillian, Gilian, Giliana, Gill, Gillan, Gillianna, Gillianne, Gillie, Gilly, Gillyanne, Jillian, Jillianne, Jillyan and Jyllian.

Related girl name: Jill.

1 more different relation via Juliana: Giuliana.

Creative forms:
(female) Gelian, Gilna, ..

(male) Gilan, Gilin, ..

Middle name pairings:
Gillian Samia (G.S.), ..

How popular is Gillian?

Gillian is a very prominent first name for women (#1252 out of 4276, Top 29%) and also a very prominent last name for all people (#11917 out of 150436, Top 8%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Gillian entered the list in 1960-1969 and reached its peak rank of #303 in the U.S. in the year 1999, and is currently at #1733. (2015 Birth Statistics)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Gillian name in U.S.

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Popular related forms of Gillian (#1733 via latest list) ranked in the Top 2000 are Juliana (#168 via latest list), Jillian (#435), Giuliana (#463), Julian, Jill and Gillie. These relations of Gillian were popular as birth names 5 decades ago (usage of 0.4%) and are now significantly less common (usage 0.2%, down 51.3%). Juliana has been the most prominent, while versions such as Jillian have become less popular.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Gillian, Gillie, Giuliana, Jill, Jillian in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Julian, Juliana in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Recommended names are Aillin, Dillan, Dillian, Dilliana, Galiana, Gallia, Galliena, Geelan, Gilana, Gilia, Giliah, Giulia, Giulianna, Giulianne, Giullia, Jilian, Jillan, Jilliana, Jilliane, Jilliann, Lilian, Lillia, Lillian, Lilliana, Lilliane, Lilliann, Lillias, Lillyan and Sillia. These names tend to be less frequently used than Gillian.

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