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What does Gillian mean?

Gillian [gil-lian] 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.

Gillian has 1 more different relation via Juliana: Giuliana.

Kreatif forms:
(female) Gaillian, Gilna, ..

(male) Gilan, Gilin, ..

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)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Presented below is the birth name history of Gillian for girls. 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 #1686. (2014 Birth Statistics)

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

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

Popular related forms of Gillian (#1686 via latest list) ranked in the Top 2000 are Juliana (#157 via latest list), Giuliana (#373), Jillian (#385), Julian, Jill and Gillie. These relations of Gillian were popular as birth names 4 decades ago (usage of 0.4%) and are somewhat less common today (usage 0.2%, down 45.8%). Juliana has been the most prominent, although Giuliana seems to be becoming a favorite too, 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.