Mills Family History

14-Day Free Trial


Mills Name Meaning

English and Scottish: variant of Mill 1. English: either a metronymic form of Mill 2, or a variant of Miles. Irish: in Ulster this is the English name, but elsewhere in Ireland it may be a translation of a Gaelic topographic byname, an Mhuilinn ‘of the mill’.

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

Similar surnames: Miles, Mill, Mille, Milks, Mells, Gills, Milne, Millis, Milla, Dills

Ready to discover your family story?

Simply start with yourself and we'll do the searching for you.


Mills Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Mills name?

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

Explore the full experience here
  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Norway


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


Your own DNA-based ethnicity estimate will differ from what you see here. To get your personalized ethnicity estimate, order an AncestryDNA® kit.order an AncestryDNA® kit.

Order a DNA Kit Today

Mills Family Origin

Where is the Mills family from?

Mills Family Occupations

What did your Mills ancestors do for a living?

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

View Census data for Mills | Data not to scale

  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Labourer

  • Coal Miner

  • Farmer


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Mills ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Mills Historical Records

What Mills family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 1 million census records available for the last name Mills. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Mills census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

Search 1891 UK census records for Mills

Passenger List

There are 218,000 immigration records available for the last name Mills. 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.

View all Mills immigration records

Draft Card

There are 228,000 military records available for the last name Mills. For the veterans among your Mills ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

View all Mills military records

You've only scratched the surface of Mills family history.

Mills Life Expectancy

What is the average Mills lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Mills life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Mills in 1940 was 38, and 74 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Mills

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Mills 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.

Famous Mills Family Ancestors

Discover the unique achievements of ancestors in your family tree

Famous ancestors img
Look up another name