Gilligan Family History

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Gilligan Name Meaning

Irish (Ulster): reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Giollagáin, a double diminutive of giolla ‘lad’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Gillian, Galligan, Milligan, Gilliland, Gilleran, Gillan, Halligan

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Gilligan Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Gilligan name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Gilligan. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • Ireland & Scotland


  • England & Wales


  • Germanic Europe


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • Italy


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Gilligan Family Origin

Where is the Gilligan family from?

Gilligan Family Occupations

What did your Gilligan ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Farmer, Laborer and Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Gilligan. A less common occupation for the Gilligan family was Carter. The most common Gilligan occupation in Canada was Farmer. 21% of Gilligan's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Labourer

  • Carter


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Gilligan ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Gilligan Historical Records

What Gilligan family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 54,000 census records available for the last name Gilligan. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Gilligan census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 11,000 immigration records available for the last name Gilligan. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 9,000 military records available for the last name Gilligan. For the veterans among your Gilligan ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Gilligan Life Expectancy

What is the average Gilligan lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Gilligan life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Gilligan in 1944 was 34, and 76 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Gilligan

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Gilligan ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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