Hill Family History
Hill Name Meaning
English: topographic name for someone who lived on or by a hill from Middle English hill hell hull ‘hill’ (Old English hyll). Compare Hiller . This surname is also very common among African Americans. English: possibly in some cases from the personal name Hille a pet form of some name such as Hilger or Hillary . German: from a short form of Hildebrand or any of a variety of other names male and female containing ancient Germanic hild ‘battle’ as the first element. Americanized form (translation into English) of Finnish Mäki ‘hill’ or of any of various other names formed with this element (see Maki ). Americanized form of various like-sounding Jewish surnames.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press