Mill Family History

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Mill Name Meaning

Scottish and English: topographic name for someone who lived near a mill, Middle English mille, milne (Old English myl(e)n, from Latin molina, a derivative of molere ‘to grind’). 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 a short form of a personal name, probably female, as for example Millicent.

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

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

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Mill Family Origin

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Mill Family Occupations

What did your Mill ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Farmer, Annuitant and Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Mill. A less common occupation for the Mill family was Tin Miner. The most common Mill occupation in the UK was Farmer. 7% of Mill's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Annuitant

  • Labourer

  • Tin Miner


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Mill Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 98,000 census records available for the last name Mill. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Mill 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 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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Draft Card

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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Mill Life Expectancy

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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