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Bill Name Meaning

English and German: from a Germanic personal name, either a short form of compound names such as Billard, or else a byname Bill(a), from Old English bil ‘sword’, ‘halberd’ (or a Continental cognate). (Bill as a short form of William was not used until the 17th century.) English: metonymic occupational name for a maker of pruning hooks and similar implements, from Middle English bill, from Old English bil ‘sword’, with the meaning shifted to a more peaceful agricultural application (see Biller 5).

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


Similar surnames: Ball, Hill, Bell, Gill, Will, Dill, Brill, Mill, Zill, Pill

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Where is the Bill family from?

You can see how Bill families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Bill family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Bill families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 33 Bill families living in New York. This was about 23% of all the recorded Bill's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Bill families in 1840.
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What did your Bill ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Bill. 19% of Bill men worked as a Laborer and 9% of Bill women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Bill were Truck Driver and Housekeeper.

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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 1940

  • Laborer
    19%
  • Farmer
    16%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Truck Driver
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    9%
  • Maid
    8%
  • Cook
    7%
  • Housekeeper
    7%
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Census Records

There are 81,000 census records available for the last name Bill. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Bill census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 8,000 immigration records available for the last name Bill. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 54,000 military records available for the last name Bill. For the veterans among your Bill ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Bill lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Bill life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Bill in 1943 was 39, and 71 in 2004.

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