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Bill Surname Meaning

English: from the Middle English personal name Bille or Bile either a pet form of the female names Amabil and Sybil or a survival of Old English Bil or Old Norse Bildr. English: nickname from Middle English (Old English) bile ‘bill beak (of a bird)’ perhaps used contemptuously of a person's nose or mouth. It may also be an occupational name from Middle English (Old English) bil(l) ‘bill(hook) pruning hook halberd’ given perhaps to a user or maker of pruning hooks and similar implements. See Biller 5. English: topographic name for someone who lived on or by a promontory or headland from Middle English bile bille ‘beak’ (from Old English bile). German: from an ancient Germanic personal name either a short form of compound names such as Billard . Native American (e.g. Navajo): adoption of the English personal name Bill (altered short form of William ) as a surname.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Ball, Hill, Bell, Gill, Will, Dill, Brill, Mill, Zill, Pill

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Where is the Bill family from?

You can see how Bill families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Bill family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Bill families were found in USA in 1920. In 1891 there were 342 Bill families living in Staffordshire. This was about 23% of all the recorded Bill's in United Kingdom. Staffordshire had the highest population of Bill families in 1891.
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What did your Bill ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Bill. 12% of Bill men worked as a General Labourer and 70% of Bill women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Bill were Iron Moulder and Unpaid Domestic Dutie. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1939

  • General Labourer
  • Bricklayer
  • Farm Labourer
  • Iron Moulder

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Private Means
  • Incapacitated
  • Unpaid Domestic Dutie
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Passenger Lists

There are 8,000 immigration records available for the last name Bill. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 54,000 military records available for the last name Bill. For the veterans among your Bill ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Bill lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Bill life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Bill in 1943 was 39, and 71 in 2004.

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