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Quick Facts on Jillian

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • American, English
  • Number of syllables:
  • 3
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 341
Simple meaning:
Youthful, soft-haired, and descended from Jove

Characteristics of Jillian

  • Dependable
  • Solid
  • Practical
  • Hard-working
  • Industrious
  • Studious
  • Conservative

Etymology & Historical Origin - Jillian

The name Jillian is a variant of the older Gillian which was developed in 17th century England as a new spin on the name Julius, an old Roman family name that is father to many off-shoots (Julian, Julia, Julie, Juliet, Jill and Jillian for instance). The Julius family name is one of the most ancient of all the patrician Roman names, and it’s thought to be derived from a few places. The Greek word “ioulos” means ‘downy-bearded’ and the Roman Latin word for ‘youthful’ is “juvenalis.” Lastly, the name could also be a contracted form of the Latin “Jovilius” which means ‘descended from Jove (Jupiter)’ who was the king of all gods in Roman mythology. Gillian is the more common spelling in the U.K. while the United States prefers Jillian.

Popularity of the Name Jillian

The name Jillian first appeared on the U.S. popularity charts in 1976 (following Gillian which first entered the charts in 1968). Americans probably picked up the name Gillian from the English in the late 1960s but quickly altered the spelling to Jillian. The name rapidly gained ground in the first two years of usage, but then pretty much plateaus at around position #150 for the past 30 years. There were a couple of years in the 1980s when Jillian edged onto the Top 100 list of most-favored girls’ name but that’s probably the height of the name’s popularity we’re likely to see. Jillian is also a more fanciful rendition of the name Jill (a name that was quite popular in the 70s and 80s). The name’s consistent and enduring usage in the past 30+ years suggests its modern-day attraction to American parents without fail. The most recent variation of the “Julius” family of names, Jillian has a very contemporary and unique sound.
Popularity of the Girl Name Jillian
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Jillian

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Jillian

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Jillian

    Jillian We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Jillian.

  • Popular Songs on Jillian

    Popular Songs on Jillian

    Jillian (I'd Give My Heart) - a song by Within Temptation

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Jillian

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Jillian

    Jillian's Magical Adventures: Jillian Traps The Varcolac (JG Hitchcock) - DOES A WEREWOLF WALK AMONG US? Jillian and Josephine race to solve a series of clues that surface in Sliver Moon Bay that will unlock the mystery. Along the way, their investigation turns up wolf-traps, silver bullets, multiple suspects and a mysterious Romanian stranger. Will the sisters, with help from their irascible neighbor Huckleberry and fearless Yorkie Terrier, Merlin, solve the next "Jillian's Magical Adventures"? You'll have a fun time helping them solve the mystery - does a werewolf walk among us? Recommended for ages 9-12.

    The Wonderful Pigs of Jillian Jiggs (Phoebe Gilman) - "Jillian, Jillian, Jillian Jiggs, it looks like your room has been lived in by pigs!" Every Canadian kid knows Jillian Jiggs, as well as its sequels: The Wonderful Pigs of Jillian Jiggs, Jillian Jiggs to the Rescue, Jillian Jiggs and the Secret Surprise, and Jillian Jiggs and the Great Big Snow. Now all five best-selling volumes are collected into this oversized treasury, including instructions for making your own wonderful pig and the complete stage play, "The Chicken Princess." Recommended for ages 4-8.

  • Famous People Named Jillian

    Famous People Named Jillian

    Famous People Named Jillian - Jillian Michaels (celebrity fitness trainer); Jillian Beyor (model); Jillian Grace (model); Jillian Murray (actress)

  • Children of Famous People Named Jillian

    Children of Famous People Named Jillian

    Famous People who Named their Daughter Jillian - Bryant Gumbel (sportscaster)

  • Historic Figures

    Jillian - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Jillian - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Jillian.

Personality of the Girl Name Jillian

The number Four personality is marked by stability and discipline. This is the personality that follows the rules and is conservative by nature.  They have an earth-bound energy that prefers to build things methodically on top of firm foundations; they don't cut corners. Fours take their time and don't like to be hurried. But the outcome of their endeavors is likely to result in some strong and useful structure, which makes them great engineers and inventors. Fours are anything but frivolous or controversial. This is a trustworthy, straight-forward personality that embodies dedication and organization. They are the backbone and anchor in their relationships, careers and communities. They are tidy, punctual, and full of integrity. Hard-work comes naturally to a Four and they are immensely reliable. This is the personality you can always count on.

Variations of the Baby Name - Jillian

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