Last name: Gill

Recorded as Gill, Gille and Gilles, this is a surname of several possible national origins and meanings. Firstly, it may be English and Scottish, and have originated as a nickname form of the personal name Giles, or perhaps more surprisingly, from William. The ultimate origin of Giles was the Greek word "aigidion", meaning kid or young goat, and as such it was a name brought into both England and Scotland by the Normans after the invasion of 1066 in the form of Gille. William, the favourite name of the Normans, has the elements of "wil", meaning desire, and "helm", a helmet or protector. Secondly the surname may derive from the Irish personal name "Gilla", cognate with the pre 7th century Old Norse word "gille", meaning a friend or servant. As such it has been claimed that this is the most likely source of the surname in northern English counties, with Ghille, Ghile, and Ghil appearing as names, there were no surnames at that date, in the Domesday Book of 1086 for Yorkshire whilst Gamel filius Gille, was noted in the Knights Templars register of Yorkshire in 1185. Thirdly when recorded in Ireland and Scotland, the surname can be a short form of the patronymics MacGille or MacGiolla, which translate as the "son of the follower". Finally the surname wherever found can be topographical from residence by a "gill". This was a ravine, deriving from the Old Norse word "gil", as in Michael del Gill of Cumberland in 1332. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Ralph Gille. This was dated 1202, in register of the Assize Court of Lincolnshire, during the reign of King John of England, 1199 - 1216. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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Akash Gill
It's surprising. I thought it was only Punjabi who had it as their surname. Happy to find out we are not alone...

William Gill
My early ancestor was a great swimmer. When he swam all the way across the English Channel a thousand years ago all who saw the feat said that surely he had to have gills. So they gave him the surname "Gill". And that is how it came to pass. At least that is what I tell people. Smile.

Roselyne Gill
Hello fellow Gills. My Gill family were originally from Devon, England and moved to Australia. That is about all I know of our history unfortunately.

Danny W.GILL
My Father, back in the 60's did some work in the West Indies (Caribbean) putting telecommunications in between the islands, he said on one of the Islands, there were a lot of GILL's according to their legend; there was a GILL in the British Army stationed there in the 17/1800's. We do get around it seems!

My great grandmother was a Gill and lived on the Caribbean island of Grenada. She was born in St. Vincent. There are also many Gills from Barbados. They are most likely English and Scottish and came as indentured servants from Scotland/England during Oliver Cromwell's rule in the late 1600s. White indentured Servants known as, Redlegs, were "Barbadoed" as a result of looking for a better life or escaping religious persecution but were treated just as badly as black slaves. Some family still lives there today. Many are interracial at this point but yes, there ARE whites born and raised in the West Indies as it was a British Colony.

Keadumela Gill
There are so many other Gills in South Africa, though many are white, we are black but have our origin in the one Gill that came to South Africa during the Angloboer war from Scotland.

Liam Gill
Hi i am currently working on my family tree, we are irish but i believe we came from Clydebank in Scotland if anyone can help let me know pleaze....

Gabriel Richard Gill
I don't know for sure, where my surname comes.. My grandfather cames from the rocky mountains... And I thought could have manx origin, but i'm not so sure

Mark Brian G.(Gabato) Gill

sup! people with the surname Gill.. i am from philippines. Just to add why there are Gill people in our country; I believe it's because many indians (locally called: Bumbay) migrated to philippines and some of those indians have the surname gill..i believe the reason is that english people colonized india for some time...^__^ just shari' those Gill in the philippines... ^___^


I am a gill and I have a homework quistion which is (what does your last name mean?) I'm an indian

Gill H.

My first name is Gill, im special :D

David J Gill

- GILL surname is a English, Irish, Scottish or Scotch-Irish ...It is interchangeable (the same name) with McGILL or (MacGill, M'Gill?) - GILL surname is also an East Asian / Indian surname. Presumably the two cultural origins share no common origin. (?) It would seem the odds of an identical name having multiple origins is greater the shorter the name is. Fir instance, LEE has origins in the UK as well as China and Korea.


Where is it from?

Kathy Roberts
My grandfather ,my mothers father was a Gill. He was German, his father was German and so was his wife.