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What does Jill mean?

Jill Pronunciation of Jill [jill] as a girls' name is pronounced jeel. It is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Jill is "youthful". Short form of Gillian, from Juliana. Now often used as an independent given name. It was already used in the phrase "Jack and Jill" in the 15th century. Actresses Jill St. John, Jill Eikenberry, Jill Ireland; English novelist Jilly Cooper; fashion designer Jil Sander.

Associated with: youthful, ireland (gaelic).


Jill has 17 variants: Jil, Jilana, Jilian, Jillan, Jillana, Jillane, Jillayne, Jilleen, Jillene, Jilli, Jillian, Jillianne, Jillie, Jilly, Jillyan, Jyl and Jyll.

4 more alternative forms via Gillian, Juliana: Gill, Gillan, Gillie and Gilly.

Creative forms:
(female) Jall, Jile, ..

(male) Jier, Jise, ..

Middle name pairings:
Jill Maylin (J.M.), ..

How popular is Jill?

Jill is a very prominent first name for women (#159 out of 4276, Top 4%) and a slightly less prominent last name for both adults and children (#88461 out of 150436, Top 59%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Jill entered the list in 1920-1929 and reached its peak position of #54 in the U.S. in the 1970s, but is not ranked currently. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Gillian (#1733 in 2015), Gillie, Jillian (#435) and Juliana (#168) are the popular alternative forms of Jill appearing in the Top 2000. Other variants, like Gilly, are seldom used. Usage of these forms of Jill was more pronounced 5 decades ago (usage of 0.42%) and is now much lower (usage 0.17%, 59% less), with versions like Jillian becoming less fashionable. Juliana is the most chic name for newborns here.

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

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

Similar Names

Jill is alike in pronunciation to Jael, Jaelle, Jayel, Jayil, Jewel, Jewell, Joell and Joelle. Other recommended names are Bell, Dell, Doll, Gaill, Gull, Hill, Jin, Jina, Jinx, Jola, Joli, Joly, Juli, Jully, July, Moll, Nell, Poll and Teill. These names tend to be less frequently used than Jill.

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