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Gill Name Study

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Surnames/tags: Gill Ghele Gell
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Please contact the project leader Sharon Gill or post a comment at the foot of the page. If you have any questions, just ask. Thanks!


This is a One Name Study to collect together in one place everything about the surname Gill and its variants. The hope is that other researchers like you will join our study to help make it a valuable reference point for people studying lines that cross or intersect.


English: Giles
Northern English, Middle English gil(l).
French: Guille
Old Norse gil.
Scottish and Irish: Gaelic Mac Gille, Mac Giolla, Ghoill (see Gall 1).
Name of a saint: McGill.
The Old Norse personal name: Gilli.
Norwegian: farmsteads in western Norway named Gil.
Dutch: cognate of Giles.
Jewish (Israeli): ornamental name from Hebrew gil ‘joy’.
German: from a vernacular short form of the medieval personal name Aegidius (see Gilger).
Indian (Panjab): Sikh name, probably from Panjabi gil ‘moisture’.
Ramgarhia Sikhs also have a clan called Gill.

Task List

  1. Make United States Categories
  2. Make US State Categories
  3. Make Wales category
  4. Make England category
  5. make other country category
  6. Find the oldest Gill surname in each state


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This profile is part of the Gill Name Study.

Gill Immigrants to America

Some of the earliest Gill families in America were:

David Richard Gill Sr - Was born in 1838 in Penya, Abbw Vale, Monmouthshire, Wales. He joined the LDS church in Wales and immigrated to Utah with his wife and children in 1878.

Henry Savage Gill - Was born in Paulton, Somersetshire, England. He immigrated to Scranton, Pennsylvania

Gill surname in the Revolutionary War

Archibald D Gill - "Mad Archie" was born in Ireland and immigrated to South Carolina. He was a Colonel in the South Carolina Militia. Arch D is listed among those in Col. Henry Hampton's Regt. of Light Dragoons. Colonel Archibald Gill is listed in the Ancestral Roll, S.C., Daughters of the American Revolution.

Samuel Gill - Captain Gill, born in Virginia, served in the 4th Virginia (listed as Lt in the Valley Forge muster roll).

Gill surname in the War Between the States

Capt Thomas Maynard Gill - Joined the Thirty-first Mississippi regiment, with which he served throughout the war. At various times he was promoted rising from private to captain.

Gill surname in each state

Alabama: Capt Thomas Maynard Gill
Arizona: Arkansas: Colorado: George Oscar Gill
Georgia: Days Gill
Kentucky: :Francis Marion Gill - born 1844 in Pendleton County

New York: Irving J Gill

Virginia: Stephen Gill (born VA 1615)

Gill Cemeteries:

(Erasmus) Gill Family CemeterySamuel Gill Cemetery

Gill Notables

Irving John Gill - one of the founders of Modernism architecture, Maybeck Award honoree, founder of Irving J Gill Foundation.

Gill unusual/unique given names
AKA - Suggestion Trigger
Days Gill
Verlin Gill
Malla Gill
Vesta Gill
Soleta Josephine Gill
Jehew John Gill
Izetta May Gill
Vider Olive Gill
Linton Gill
Valmai Lillian
Tamsen Gill
Albin Gill
Levenia Gill
Bashforth Gill
Flournoy Jane Gill
Ure Bill
Nova Mae Gill
Wirt Alvin Gill
Horner Gill
Izetta Gill

Gill biblical names



  • Ancestry.com. Gill : abstracts from records in southern states and genealogical notes [database on-line]. Provo, UT: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2005.
  • Original data: Clark, Eva Turner Clark. Gill : abstracts from records in southern states and genealogical notes. New York: R.R. Smith, 1939. Gill Names. Published by Richard R Smith, New York, 1939.

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Would like to join the Gill name study. Have completed an autosomal and Y DNA test.
posted by Paul Gill III
I'm working on the family of James Alford (aka Alfred) Gill, Gill-356 (born 1860 in Virginia, living with wife Ella A Thomas in Eel River Township Indiana in 1900. Looks like they were married in Indiana in August 1883. Does that qualify as an "oldest surname" for Indiana?

If "Goldie" is really the poor boy's given name, then it might qualify for your list, too!

  • 1900 Census: "1900 United States Federal Census"

Year: 1900; Census Place: Eel River, Hendricks, Indiana; Roll: 376; Page: 8; Enumeration District: 0030 Ancestry Sharing Link - Ancestry Record 7602 #15602110 (accessed 22 October 2023) household of Alfred Gill (40) in Eel River, Hendricks, Indiana. Born in Virginia, USA.

posted by GM Garrettson
Hi my grandmother was Grace Gill, b 1889 in Melbourne, Victoria. Her grandfather Edwin had moved with several siblings, from Bristol in the 1850s. His father John was born in West Looe, Cornwall and I have several earlier ancestors all from Cornwall. I am in the process of adding the family now.

But love to be part of the group. I have a tree on Ancestry judesowden

Kind regards Judith

posted by Judith Sowden
Hi, My fathers name was Donald F Gill, his father Thomas Riley Gill. I would like to join the project if possible. My name is Patricia Lynn Gill
posted by Patricia Gill
My great-great grandfather was William Gill (1 Jul 1857 - 3 Dec 1921 Burial at Green City, Sullivan County, Missouri). He was married to Lodema Eleanor Watson Gill. I have no further information on him. His daughter, that is my great grandmother, was Fannie Malone Gill Smyser. My email address is [email address removed]
posted by Wanita Harmsen
Wanita, have you added a profile for gggrandfather William Gill? Then you could add him to the Gill name study.
posted by Jo Gill
I will need e-mail address in order to add you to the Gill Name Study, according Wikitree. If you would rather send you e-mail address directly to me rather than have it posted for all to see, you can send to: [email address removed]
posted by Sharon Gill
hi Sharon my ancestors are Gills from County clare Kilrush Ireland and can i please join the Gill project thanks
posted by Kym Cheney
Maiden name is Gill would like to join.
posted by Sandy Gill
I would like to join the Gill Name Study. I have a dead end and thinking that I need to start checking DNA to find a connection and documentation.
posted by Julie (Roach) Johnson
Looking to connect my Paternal line of GILL. There could be various spellings to the name.

My father did his DNA through FTM-DNA before he passed his Hologroup is M-269 My Brother's also did his through FTM-DNA is M-269 but after doing some SNP's it change to a line of M-269 resulting in the Change to R-L21, Presently waiting on results of the Big Y to see where this leads. I have done the FTM-DNA and also 23 & Me and Ancestry, even though I am Female the Autosumal did infact prove my relationship with my brother, since my Dad died was unable to do the Family finder, but Brother and Dad do show up to 67 markers that there is a "0" Genetic distance to each other. Hoping to find others that are related through the Surname Gill

posted by Sharon Gill