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Gender: F Pronunciation: JILL-ee-an Meaning of Gillian: "youthful" Origin of Gillian: Feminine variation of Julian

Gillian is a name in common usage in Great Britain (where it's often pronounced with a hard "G.) but until recently had not crossed the Atlantic in significant numbers, except in the short form Jill.

In medieval England, the name Gillian was so common that it was used as a generic name for a girl, just as Jack was for a boy, hence the nursery rhyme Jack and J(G)ill and the expression "every Jack has his Jill." The high profile of actress Gillian The X Files Anderson did a lot to publicize the name in the US -- where it is more often spelled the phonetic Jillian.

Two other noteworthy bearers are Australian film director Gillian Armstrong and Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn. Gillian Boardman is a key character in Robert Heinlein's Stranger in a Strange Land.

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Famous People Named Gillian

Gillian Leigh Anderson, American actress
Gillian Armstrong, Australian film director
Gillian Welch, American musician
Gillian McLaren Jacobs, American actress (pronounced "GILL-ian")
Gillian Blakeney, Australian actress; twin sister Gayle Blakeney
Gillian Murphy, American ballerina
Gillian Wearing, English conceptual artist
Gillian Flynn, American novelist
Gillian Vigman, American comic actress

Pop Culture References for the name Gillian

Gillian Hewley, character in video game "Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII"
Gillian, character on TV's "Hannah Montana"
Gillian Stevens, character in film "Hollywood North"
Gillian Boardman, character in "Stranger in a Strange Land" (1961)
Gillian MacAllister, character in "Gillian" by Frank Yerby
Gillian Owens, sister of Sally Owens, character in book/film "Practical Magic"
Gillian Buttershaw, character in BBC's "Last Tango in Halifax"
Gillian Redmond, character on TV's Call the midwife