Gillian Name Meaning & Origin

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.

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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.

If it's pronounced with a hard G, it reminds me of fish gills. Or somebody being "CROCKED TO THE GILLS drunk." I like it much better with the J sound, because it doesn't remind me of gills.

A gill (/ɡɪl/ (About this sound listen)) is a respiratory organ found in many aquatic organisms that extracts dissolved oxygen from water and excretes carbon dioxide. The gills of some species, such as hermit crabs, have adapted to allow respiration on land provided they are kept moist. The microscopic structure of a gill presents a large surface area to the external environment. Branchia (pl. branchiae) is the zoologists' name for gills (from Ancient Greek).

In the Latin-based orthographies of many European languages (including English), the letter ⟨g⟩ is used in different contexts to represent two distinct phonemes, often called hard and soft ⟨g⟩. The sound of a hard ⟨g⟩ (which often precedes the non-front vowels ⟨a o u⟩) is usually the voiced velar plosive ɡ (as in gangrene or golf) while the sound of a soft ⟨g⟩ (typically before ⟨i e y⟩) may be a fricative or affricate, depending on the language. In English, the sound of soft ⟨g⟩ is the affricate /dʒ/, as in Genesis, giraffe, and gymnasium.

Gillian like girl.

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!

I was annoyed with my name growing up because everyone always pronounced it like Jillian. I ended up preferring Gilly because they would usually get the pronunciation right. I always introduce myself with my full name, but prefer people to call me Gilly after they know me.

Nicknames for Gillian: | Edit

Jill, Gilly, Gilly Bean, Gigi, Ginny, Gil, Gill, Silly Gilly, "G"

Meanings and history of the name Gillian: | Edit

Irish is the soft G
Scottish is the hard G

Famous real-life people named Gillian: | Edit

Gillian Anderson, American actress (soft G)
Gillian Welch, American singer/songwriter (hard G)
Gillian Murphy, principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre
Gillian Jacobs, American actress (hard G)

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.
"Gillian" by The Waifs

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