Hill Family History

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Hill Name Meaning

English and Scottish: extremely common and widely distributed topographic name for someone who lived on or by a hill, Middle English hill (Old English hyll). English: from the medieval personal name Hill, a short form of Hilary (see Hillary) or of a Germanic (male or female) compound name with the first element hild ‘strife’, ‘battle’. German: from a short form of Hildebrand or any of a variety of other names, male and female, containing Germanic hild as the first element. Jewish (American): Anglicized form of various Jewish names of similar sound or meaning. English translation of Finnish Mäki (‘hill’), or of any of various other names formed with this element, such as Mäkinen, Heinämaki, Kivimäki.

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

Similar surnames: Gill, Will, Hild, Bill, Hell, Mill, Hils, Hall, Dill, Hilt

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Hill Family Origin

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Hill Family Occupations

What did your Hill ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Hill family was Coal Miner. Agricultural Labourer, Labourer and Farmer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Hill. The most common Hill occupation in the UK was Agricultural Labourer. 4% of Hill's were Agricultural Labourers.

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  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Labourer

  • Farmer

  • Coal Miner


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Hill Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 3 million census records available for the last name Hill. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Hill 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 363,000 immigration records available for the last name Hill. 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 527,000 military records available for the last name Hill. For the veterans among your Hill ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Hill Life Expectancy

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Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Hill life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Hill in 1940 was 45, and 73 in 2004.

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