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.

Related Names:

Gilly, Jill, Jillian

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Nicknames for Gillian

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

Meanings and history of the name Gillian

Irish is the soft G
Scottish is the hard G

Famous real-life people named Gillian

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

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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