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Dill Surname Meaning

German: from a pet form of the personal name Dietrich . German: metonymic occupational name for a sawyer from Middle High German dill(e) ‘(floor)board’. German: habitational name from Dill (Rhineland-Palatinate) or Dille (Lower Saxony North Rhine-Westphalia). English and German: possibly a nickname for a grower or seller of dill the umbelliferous plant Anethum graveolens an aromatic culinary and medicinal herb from Middle English dile (Old English dyle dile) Middle High German tille dille ‘dill’. English and Scottish: nickname for a dull or slow person from Middle English delle dil(le) dul(le) (Old English dol dylle) ‘dull foolish’. English: from a Middle English personal name Dille Delle Dulle (Old English Dulla Dylli or Dylla) evidenced in placenames like Dullingham (Cambridgeshire) Dillington (former Huntingdonshire) and Dilton (Wiltshire) all probably deriving from Old English dol dylle ‘dull’.

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


Similar surnames: Doll, Gill, Bill, Hill, Mill, Will, Dell, Zill, Nill, Pill

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Where is the Dill family from?

You can see how Dill families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Dill family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Dill families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 44 Dill families living in London. This was about 30% of all the recorded Dill's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Dill families in 1891.
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What did your Dill ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Unpaid Domestic Duties was the top reported job for people in the United Kingdom named Dill. 83% of Dill women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. .

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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 Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    83%
  • None
    8%
  • Household Duties
    6%
  • Unpaid Domestic
    6%
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Passenger Lists

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There are 23,000 military records available for the last name Dill. For the veterans among your Dill ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Dill lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Dill life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Dill in 1944 was 53, and 74 in 2004.

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