Bill Family History

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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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Bill Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Bill name?

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

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  • England & Wales

    44%

  • Ireland & Scotland

    16%

  • Germanic Europe

    9%

  • Eastern Europe & Russia

    5%

  • France

    5%

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Bill Family Origin

Where is the Bill family from?

Bill Family Occupations

What did your Bill ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Keeping House and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Bill. A less common occupation for the Bill family was Carpenter. The most common Bill occupation in the USA was Farmer. 32% of Bill's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

    32%
  • Keeping House

    7%
  • Laborer

    6%
  • Carpenter

    3%

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Bill Historical Records

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Census Record

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 List

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 Card

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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Bill Life Expectancy

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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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Bill 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.

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