Given Name GILLIAN

GENDER: Feminine
USAGE: English
PRONOUNCED: JIL-ee-ən, GIL-ee-ən  [details]

Meaning & History

Medieval English feminine form of JULIAN. This spelling has been in use since the 13th century, though it was not declared a distinct name from Julian until the 17th century.
VARIANT: Jillian
DIMINUTIVES: Gill, Jill, Jillie, Jilly
MASCULINE FORMS: Julian, Jolyon, Jools, Jules
OTHER LANGUAGES/CULTURES: Iuliana, Juliana (Ancient Roman), Yuliana (Bulgarian), Julijana (Croatian), Juliana (Dutch), Juliane, Julienne (French), Xiana (Galician), Juliana, Juliane, Liane (German), Julianna (Hungarian), Yuliana (Indonesian), Giuliana, Liana (Italian), Julijana (Macedonian), Julianna (Polish), Juliana, Liana (Portuguese), Iuliana, Liana (Romanian), Uliana, Ulyana, Yuliana, Yulianna (Russian), Julijana (Serbian), Julijana (Slovene), Juliana (Spanish)

Sources & References

  • Elizabeth Gidley Withycombe, The Oxford Dictionary of English Christian Names (1945)


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Entry updated January 10, 2017