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Gender: Female Meaning of Jill: "youthful" Origin of Jill: Diminutive of Gillian or Juliana

The name Jill is a girl's name of English origin meaning "youthful". Jill and is often added to lists like Classic Girl Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Name Association Game".

From the experts:

Probably due to its nursery rhyme association, Jill has the perpetual air of a rosy-cheeked tot -- even though it is one of the oldest names on the roster, a medieval variation on the Roman Julia. The pairing of Jack and Jill to connote a generic boy and girl goes back at least to the fifteenth century. But can knowing Jill's history keep it from sounding like a cute mid-twentieth century invention? There may be some possibility of Jill making it back up the hill.

Jill entered the Top 100 in 1957 and held that position until 1983, dropping off the list completely in the year 2000. A notable present bearer is Jill Biden.

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Famous People Named Jill

Jill Tracy Biden, 2nd Lady of the U.S. as wife of Vice President Joe Biden
Jill Zarin, American reality TV personality ("The Real Housewives of New York")
Jill Dorothy Ireland, English actress
Jill St. John (born Jill Arlyn Oppenheim), American actress
Jill Clayburgh, American actress
Jill Eikenberry, American actress
Jillian Suzanne "Jill" Wagner, American actress and game show personality
Jill Michelle (Duggar) Dillard, 4th child of reality TV's Duggar famiy
Jillian Noel "Jill" Hennessy, Canadian actress; twin sister Jacqueline Hennessy
Jill Craybas, American tennis player
Jill Angela Henriette Balcon, English actress
Jill Hetherington, Canadian tennis player
Jill Scott, American R&B singer/actress
Jill Sobule, American singer-songwriter
Jill Vidal, Hong Kong pop singer
(Joan Christabel) Jill Knight, Baroness Knight of Collingtree, British MP
Jill Farren Phelps, American soap opera producer
Jill Ellen Stein, American physician and politician
Jill Anna Maria Johnson, Swedish country music singer-songwriter
Jill Evans, Welsh MEP
Jill Stefani, sister of singer Gwen Stefani
Jill Louise Scott, English football player
Jillian Anne "Jill" Ellis, English-American football coach

Pop Culture References for the name Jill

Jill Pole, character in C.S. Lewis' Chronicles of Narnia
Jill Valentine, character in the Resident Evil video game series
Jill Young, character in "Mighty Joe Young"
Jill Taylor, mom on TV's "Home Improvement"
Jill Roberts, character in the Scream movie series
Jill, character in the anonymously-written novel "Letting Ana Go"
Jill Ash, minor character on TV's "Angel"
Jill Chase, character in movie "The Collector"
Jill Sadelstein, character in movie "Jack and Jill"
Jill St Claire, character in movie "The Whole Nine Yards"
Jill Kaplan, main character in comic strip "The Pajama Diaries" by Terri Libenson
Jillian "Jill" Greene, Rachel's sister on TV's "Friends"
Jillian "Jill," character in Richelle Mead's Vampire Academy and Bloodlines series
"Jack and Jill," nursery rhyme
Jack Off Jill, 90s American rock band
Jill Tuck, character from the SAW movie franchise, played by Betsy Russell
Jill of the Jungle, 1990s PC game
J.Jill, women's apparel company

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violet Says:


Jill will make a come back one day when all the Jill's are grandmothers..they are just starting to age into that phase. I think it will be a strong middle name in a generation or two as well. Some think Jillian is more 'formal" name but Jill was the original. Soap Opra's gave Jillian (and Ryan) a big push in popularity in the 70's.

JH Says:


This is my name and I love it. It's not as classic or feminine as a name I would choose for my daughter, but it's me. I never really got teased anyway because of it, so that's definitely a plus! It's just a simple, normal name.