Grill Family History

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Grill Name Meaning

English: nickname for a fierce or cruel man, from Middle English grill(e) ‘angry’, ‘vicious’ (from Old English gryllan ‘to rage’, ‘to gnash the teeth’; compare 4). German: nickname for a cheerful person, from Middle High German grille ‘cricket’ (Old High German grillo, from Late Latin grillus, Greek gryllos). The insect is widely supposed to be of a cheerful disposition, no doubt because of its habit of infesting hearths and warm places. The vocabulary word is confined largely to southern Germany and Austria, and it is in this region that the surname is most frequent. German: habitational name from any of eight places in Upper Bavaria and Austria, perhaps so named from Middle High German grille ‘cricket’. North German: nickname for an angry man from Middle Low German grellen ‘to be furious’, ‘to shriek’. Compare 1.

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

Similar surnames: Brill, Groll, Grell, Gill, Still, Grillo, Grall, Kroll, Trull, Krall

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Grill Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Grill name?

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

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  • England & Wales


  • Germanic Europe


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • European Jewish


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


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Grill Family Origin

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Grill Family Occupations

What did your Grill ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Agricultural Labourer, Blacksmith and Carman were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Grill. A less common occupation for the Grill family was Chimney Sweep. The most common Grill occupation in the UK was Agricultural Labourer. 25% of Grill's were Agricultural Labourers.

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  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Blacksmith

  • Carman

  • Chimney Sweep


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Grill Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 17,000 census records available for the last name Grill. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Grill 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 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Grill. 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 Card

There are 6,000 military records available for the last name Grill. For the veterans among your Grill ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Grill Life Expectancy

What is the average Grill lifespan?

Between 1953 and 2004, in the United States, Grill life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1955, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Grill in 1953 was 45, and 81 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Grill 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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