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What does Gillespie mean?

Gillespie Pronunciation of Gillespie [gille-spie] as a boys' name is of Scottish and Gaelic origin, and the meaning of Gillespie is "bishop's servant". Anglicized form of Gille Easbaig, often translated as Archibald.

Associated with: scottish, gaelic, servant.


Gillespie has 2 variants: Gillaspie and Gillis.

Affiliated boy name: Gillean.

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Middle name pairings:
Gillespie Jonael (G.J.), ..

How popular is Gillespie?

Gillespie is an unusual first name for men but a very prominent last name for all people (#758 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Popular alternative forms of Gillespie (outside Top 2000) listed in the Top 2000 are Archibald and Gillis. Adoption of these forms of Gillespie was more pronounced in the 1880s (adoption of 0.02%). (2015 Birth Statistics)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Archibald, Gillis in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Suggested similar names are Billie, Ghilles (see Gillies), Ghillie, Giles, Gillbie (see Gilby), Gillen, Gilleoin, Gilleon, Gilleonain, Gillermo, Gilles, Gillett, Gillette, Gilley, Gillies, Gilliss, Gillmore, Gillson, Ginesis (see Genesis), Giuseppe, Glennie, Hillie, Willie and Willkie. These names tend to be more commonly used than Gillespie.

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