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What does Gil mean?

Gil Pronunciation of Gil [gil] as a boys' name is of Greek and Hebrew derivation, and the meaning of the name Gil is "bright promise; young goat; joy". Gil is an alternate spelling of Gilbert (Old French, Old German): from gisil "pledge". Gil is also a Spanish form of Giles (Greek). Gil is also used as a derivative of Gilon (Hebrew).

Associated with: greek, bright, joy (happy).


Gil has 1 variant: Gill.

8 more alternative forms via Gilbert, Giles, Gilon: Gib, Gibb, Gide, Gili, Gilles, Gillis, Gyles and Jiles.

Creative forms:
(male) Gid, Gild, ..

(female) Gla, Gra, ..

Middle name pairings:
Gil Castiel (G.C.), ..

How popular is Gil?

Gil is a somewhat popular first name for men (#883 out of 1220, Top 72%) and an even more popular surname for both adults and children (#1691 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Gil entered the list in 1930-1939 and reached its top position of #760 in the U.S. during 1950-1959, but is not ranked at the moment. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its source forms and related boy names. Prominent varying forms of Gil appearing in the Top 2000 are Gilbert (#983 in recent rankings), Giles, Gill, Gillis and Jiles. Other variants, like Gili, are seldom used. These forms of Gil reached the peak of their popularity 85 years ago (usage of 0.18%) and have become much less common since (usage 0.01%, 93.7%), with versions like Gilbert becoming less in vogue.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Gil, Gilbert, Giles, Gill, Gillis, Jiles in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Gil is pronounced similarly to Gael, Gaell, Gail, Gaile, Gal, Gale, Gall and Gayle. Another suggested similar name is Wil. These names tend to be less frequently used than Gil.

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