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What does Gillian mean?

Gillian \gi(l)-lian\ as a girls' name (also used 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. A common name in the Middle Ages. Actress Gillian Anderson.


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

For more on this name, see also the related girl name Jill.

Gillian has 8 more different forms via Juliana: Giuliana, Juliane, Juliann, Julianna, Julianne, Julieann, Julieanna and Julieanne.


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)

Presented below is the birth name popularity of Gillian for girls. Gillian entered the list in 1980-1989 and reached its peak rank of #303 in the U.S. in the year 1999, but is not listed currently. (2014 Birth Statistics)

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

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

Popular related forms of Gillian ranked in the Top 1000 are Juliana (#157 a year ago), Julianna (#185), Giuliana (#373), Jillian (#385), Julianne (#901), Jill and Juliann. These girl names were at the apex of their popularity in the year 1998 (usage of 0.4681%) and are somewhat less popular today (usage 0.3749%, down 19.9%), with the forms Julianne, Gillian and Jill becoming less in vogue. Giuliana (#373), Julianna (#185), Juliana (#157) and Jillian (#385) are four of the more trendy birth names in this list. Shown below is a comparison of the popularity of Gillian and associated names. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Gillian, Giuliana, Jill, Jillian, Juliana, Juliann, Julianna, Julianne in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Recommended similar baby names are Dillian and Lillian. These names tend to be less frequently used than Gillian.