13 October 1717–19 April 1729 Painswick, Gloucestershire, England, United Kingdom
The Life of John
When John Gill was christened on 13 October 1717, in Painswick, Gloucestershire, England, United Kingdom, his father, Thomas Gill, was 31 and his mother, Hester West, was 27. He died on 19 April 1729, at the age of 11.
1 English: from a short form of the personal names Giles , Julian , or William . In theory the name would have a soft initial when derived from the first two of these, and a hard one when from William or from the other possibilities discussed in 2–4 below. However, there has been much confusion over the centuries.2 Northern English: topographic name for someone who lived by a ravine or deep glen, Middle English gil(l), Old Norse gil ‘ravine’.3 Scottish and Irish: reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Gille (Scottish), Mac Giolla (Irish), patronymics from an occupational name for a servant or a short form of the various personal names formed by attaching this element to the name of a saint. See McGill . The Old Norse personal name Gilli is probably of this origin, and may lie behind some examples of the name in northern England.