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Mill Surname Meaning

Scottish and English: topographic name for someone who lived near a mill from Middle English mille melle mulle ‘mill’ (assimilated forms of Old English mylen). It was usually in effect an occupational name for a worker at a mill or for the miller himself. The mill whether powered by water wind or (occasionally) animals was an important center in every medieval settlement; it was normally operated by an agent of the local landowner and individual peasants were compelled to come to him to have their grain ground into flour a proportion of the ground grain being kept by the miller by way of payment. English: from the Middle English female personal name Mill a short form of Millicent (compare Millett ) or perhaps from a variant of the Middle English male personal name Mile (see Miles ). Dutch (Van Mill): habitational name from Mill in North Brabant. German: habitational name from Millen (North Rhine-Westphalia).

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

Similar surnames: Hill, Gill, Will, Dill, Bill, Mills, Pill, Zill, Moll, Milk

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Where is the Mill family from?

You can see how Mill families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Mill family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Mill families were found in and Scotland in 1841. In 1891 there were 267 Mill families living in London. This was about 24% of all the recorded Mill's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Mill families in 1891.
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What did your Mill ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Farmer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Mill. 14% of Mill men worked as a Farmer and 73% of Mill women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Mill were Small Holder and Unpaid Domestic. .

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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

  • Farmer
  • Dock Labourer
  • Dairy Farmer
  • Small Holder

Top Female Occupations In 1939

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

There are 11,000 immigration records available for the last name Mill. 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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There are 16,000 military records available for the last name Mill. For the veterans among your Mill ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Mill lifespan?

Between 1952 and 2004, in the United States, Mill life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Mill in 1952 was 28, and 67 in 2004.

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