Gillian: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Gillian

Gillian

Pronunciation: JI-lee-ən, GI-lee-ən (key)

Origin of the name Gillian:

Arose in the 16th century as a variant of Julian, a derivative of the old Roman family name Julius, which is thought to be derived from Iulus (the first down on the chin, downy bearded). Gillian was bestowed upon males and females alike. Now, however, it is an exclusively female name.

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

Related Names:

Gilly, Jill, Jillian

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Comments and insights on the name Gillian: | Edit

I'm a Gillian. I pronounce it with a hard G sound. Everyone insists on trying the J sound out first, sometimes I correct them, sometimes I don't. Just depends on my mood. If it is someone I'll never see again, I let it slide.

I always spell this name with a "G", even though most including my cousin spell it with a J. She gets so exsaperated when I give her a b-day card or something and it is spelled with a G and not a J. It looks so much prettier with a G.

Personal experiences with the name Gillian: | Edit

My Name is Gillian and everywhere i go people try to say gill - ian with the soft g sound but i like my name no one in my class has that name!

Nicknames for Gillian: | Edit

Jill, Gilly, Gilly Bean, Gigi, Ginny, Gil

Meanings and history of the name Gillian: | Edit

Irish

Famous real-life people named Gillian: | Edit

Gillian Anderson, American actress
Gillian Welch, American singer/songwriter
Gillian Murphy, principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre
Gillian Jacobs, American actress
Jillian Michaels, Fitness, Personal Trainer, Actress "Biggest Loser"

Gillian in song, story & screen: | Edit

Gillian Boardman is a central character in Heinlein's novel Stranger in a Strange Land.
Gillian Owens in the 1998 movie Practical Magic
Gillian Foster is the lead female role on FOX's "Lie to Me," playing a psychiatrist and deception expert.
Jilly Coppercorn (aka Jillian Carter) is one of the lead female characters in Charles de Lint's urban fantasty Newford series
Gillian Lennox (Harman), a witch character from the Night World series by L.J. Smith.

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