High Street, Gillingham
|Population||104,157 (2011 census, including Rainham and its southern suburbs)|
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|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Ambulance||South East Coast|
Gillingham means a "homestead of Gylla's family", from Old English ham ("village, homestead") and ingas ("family, followers"), and was first recorded in the 10th century as Gyllingeham. The town's name is pronounced with a soft 'g' (as in 'ginger'), compared to the hard 'g' (as in 'girl') used for Gillingham, Dorset and Gillingham, Norfolk.