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Origin: Latin
Meaning: Feminine of Julian

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Popularity Over Time: How Many Girls Have Been Named Gillian

This chart illustrates how many Girls were named Gillian in the U.S. since 1880.

A few facts about the girl's name Gillian:

  • Records indicate that 12,430 girls in the United States have been named Gillian since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 1999, when 1,021 people in the U.S. were given the name Gillian. Those people are now 22 years old.

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      11 Positive Comments

  • "My name is Gillian also. people pronounce it wrong all the time like: gill-eee-an but I don't mind sometimes. My family is scott-irish, Hispanic and I think a little German. I love my name and proud of it. Keep on being Gillian Gillian's! <3" Oct. 3, 2018: Report as inappropriate

  • "I've been Gillian for 45 years. I like how my name grew up with me. It's a noble, stately name for an adult, but it has good nicknames that aren't "too big" for a child (Gill/Jill, Gillie/Jilly, etc.) Given it's English origins, the soft G is the intended pronunciation, just as "gaol" is "jail". If there's a downside to the name, it's having to spell it for everyone. There's definitely no mistaking your Starbucks order for someone else's though, unlike the Jen's of the world!" Feb. 2, 2018: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love it . Im Irish so it has always been spelled with a G here probably because we are so close to England & its an English name and thats how they spell it. I was born in the 70's when it was really popular but seems to be in decline sibe the early 90's . Its a shame because its a lovely name Id never want to have another name ." Oct. 5, 2016: Report as inappropriate

  • "I could have written all these reviews myself! Always had the same problems in my youth, but I've really grown to love the name. Everybody thought they were cleaver when they called me "Gilligan," but they were never the first! Pronouncing the name with a hard G was very common, especailly by the teacher on the first day of school each year. The name sounds beautiful, when said correctly, and looks much better with a G rather then a J." Sep. 27, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "My grand-dad was asked to name me just before he died of cancer and he originally chose Sharmane but mum told him to choose again so he chose Gillian. I like my name because he must of liked it too and thats a nice feeling. I get called Gill all the time, or G. My name is pronounced like Jillian but spelt with a G which i prefer. I also get gilly or gig (pronounced jig). No one really ever comments on my name but no one has ever told me they don't like it so im assuming its good enough! Dont think I would name my children gillian though, maybe would be nice if a great grandchild has it instead!" Aug. 7, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Allison but my parents were going to name me Gillian. They pronounce it as if it were spelled with a J but they say they were going to spell it with a G. The reason they didn't name me Gillian was because when they told my grandfather, he just laughed his head off. I still love the name and i might consider naming my daughter gillian if i ever have one." Aug. 24, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Gillian. I love it! Growing up, I did not care for it because I hated it when people mispronounced my name and say it with a "hard G". When I was younger, I always wished I had a more common name, but I have grown to love it because people always tell me it is a beautiful name. I got teased a few times in my life being called "Gilligan." That was in high school. Now that I am older (mid-thirties), I do not get teased. It just gets on my nerves when people mispronounce it or assume it is spelled with a "J." Although, I agree it is becoming more common. When I talk to a company on the phone and they ask me my name and I tell them, they usually ask "Is that with a G or a J?" I am glad they don't assume it is with a J. I also hate when people call my Julian, which is a boy's name. The name Gillian is common in England and the Caribbean (where my family is from). When people from there see my name, they know it is pronounced with a soft J. Family and friends call me Gill (Jill), Gilly (Jilly), and Gilly-Bean or Jellybean (which I love them all). There are a lot of cute nicknames for the name Gillian!!" Feb. 17, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm a Gillian (soft G). I do have to correct people's pronounciation quite often. However, since the name is slowly becoming more mainstream people are really starting to catch on to the "real" way to say it. Growing up in the 70's and 80's, and even in college I did get a lot of teasing about being "Gilligan" but like others who posted here, I wouldn't ever considering changing my name." Nov. 7, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My parents "borrowed" my name from an English cousin. I'm 40 so for the first 25+ years I had to explain that the "G" is pronounced as though it were a "J". This was tiresome, but I've always liked having an unusual name. Nowadays, people are more familiar with the name and this version of the pronounciation. Some of the credit has to go to actress Gillian Anderson of "The X-Files"." Jun. 5, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My youngest daughter is named Gillianne. We sort of feminized the ending more because my husband thought it looked too masculine. People seem to often try to pronoungce it with a hard G rather than the softer J sound it should be." Jan. 12, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I get a lot of "oh- I love that name!". As a thirty-something I would say that I've never wanted to change my name- Gillian blended in well in school...and as an adult it's perfectly suited for any career from actrees to exec. The only problem I encounter is always having to tell people...Gillian with a "G" and those who pronounce "ghil-ian" However, considering the weird spellings people give their kids these days- I'm probably not alone. I've never had to use my last initial with my name- and Gillian also has good nicknames- Gill (Jill), Gilly.... I quite like my name!" Jul. 26, 2005: Report as inappropriate

      16 Neutral Comments

  • "My name is Gillian. I?m 70 years old and have always liked my name. It was quite unusual some years ago but I notice that it?s become more popular. Hello to all the HAPPY 😃 GILLIANS in the world." Apr. 15, 2021: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm 13 with the name Gillian pronounced (jillian) I love my name very much but its alwayse very miss prounced or spelled wrong. My dad named,but he was not budging at it being spelled with a g. I have never met someone with the same name, but I still think it's a very suting nice name" Jan. 9, 2021: Report as inappropriate

  • "Am called Gillian I love my name I don't know why but I feel contempted when my name is pronounced with the soft g and my friends have given me cool and good Nick name from Gillian" Nov. 3, 2020: Report as inappropriate

  • "The name Gillian is not my name nor anyone that I know but I do know someone that is named Gilbert.. but the name is not no concern of Minds on if I like the name or not my concern is for the past two days I have been having the name Gillian on my mind and I don't know why I have this name coming to be in my memory banks and I would like to know from someone on the reason why all of a sudden I'm having the name Gillian in my memory banks I don't know anyone named Gillian so why is this name all of a sudden wants to be in my memory bank all of a sudden for 2 days Is it that I'm getting ready to meet someone that has this name out in public or is this person going to come to the home that I live at If someone knows the answer please can you give me the truth on this answer so my curiosity can be at rest..MY EMAIL > [email protected]" Dec. 23, 2018: Report as inappropriate

  • "Better spelt with a j Jillian is much more cool nowadays. Regards Jillian from meseyside" Jan. 3, 2016: Report as inappropriate

  • "My 13 year old daughter is Gillian with a soft g and I still love the name! It does get pronounced with a hard g a lot which annoys her. I think it's a beautiful name!" Dec. 22, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Gillian I love it and no one has ever pronounced it wrong x" Dec. 14, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "Hello, my name is gillian (hard G) i hate it so much im in high school and ive only ever had one person say it first time. But reading all these i would love to have a normal name to but i think i wouldnt suit any other name other than gillian <3" Mar. 15, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "i am named gillian like jillian. i have a friend named jillian and think she is lucky. i like the name gillian but i have had so many people call me gillian with a hard g or even gilligan. i hate it when people mispronounce my name." Jun. 8, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love my name!!! I also pronounce it with a hard G and all of my friends call me Gill. It does get annoying though when people say Jillian instead of Gillian, but I've gotten used to it.Gillian is such a cool and unique name I love it!" Apr. 6, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am a Gillian pronounced Jillian. Always having to correct people as everyone says. Never liked it really. The older I get well it is just my name." Oct. 15, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm a Gillian (with a hard G, making an unusual name even more so) and can count on one hand the number of times that anybody has pronounced it 'right' when seeing it. In fact, even when I answer the phone at the office with "This is Gillian," I usually get a "Hi, Jillian" in response. I hated it as a young girl, I wanted a 'normal' name that people could pronounce and wouldn't tease me about. But I like to think I've grown into it well. Gillian Welch also pronounces it with a hard G, and the first time I heard her being interviewed on the radio was so odd! It was as if the interviewer kept asking ME questions!" Mar. 12, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Gillian..with a "hard G". Not pronounced like Jillian. All my life everyone assumes that its pronounced with a J, and i always have to correct them and say its G as in Grape. I'm just in high school, and all my friends just call me Gillie. When i'm older i'll probably go by my full name, but for now its just Gillie." Mar. 1, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is gilianne it is my grandpas name except in girl forumm. I hate it everyone makes fun of it and people always get it wrong! whatever.!" Jan. 20, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Gillian. I love my name, and being from a small town, everyone knows me by my first name. Of course, I have corrected people all of my life on how to say my name, but I don't mind it. I think the name is sexy and powerful, and I am so thankful I was not named something common." Dec. 4, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I have just named my daughter Gillian. We have received lots of postive feedback about the name. However, we still get the occassional "ghil-ian" at the doctor's office etc. In fact the nurse in the hospital believed this was a male name and marked our daughter down as a boy...despite the obvious plumbing differences" Aug. 13, 2005: Report as inappropriate

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