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Grill Name Meaning

German: nickname for a cheerful person from Middle High German grille ‘cricket’ (Old High German grillo from Late Latin grillus Greek gryllos). The insect is widely supposed to be of a cheerful disposition no doubt because of its habit of preferring hearths and warm places. The vocabulary word is confined largely to southern Germany and Austria and it is in this region that the surname is most frequent. This surname is also found in Czechia and Slovenia (see 4 below). German: habitational name from any of the eight places in Upper Bavaria and Austria perhaps so named from Middle High German grille ‘cricket’ (see 1 above). North German: nickname for an angry man from Middle Low German grellen ‘to be furious to shriek’. Germanized or Americanized form of Slovenian Gril: nickname from gril ‘cricket’ also ‘cockroach’ a word of German origin (see 1 above). English: nickname for a fierce or cruel man from Middle English grill(e) ‘angry vicious’ (from Old English gryllan ‘to rage to gnash the teeth’).

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Brill, Groll, Grell, Gill, Still, Grillo, Grall, Kroll, Trull, Krall

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Where is the Grill family from?

You can see how Grill families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Grill family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Grill families were found in USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 9 Grill families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 60% of all the recorded Grill's in USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Grill families in 1840.
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What did your Grill ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Clerk were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Grill. 16% of Grill men worked as a Laborer and 9% of Grill women worked as a Clerk. Some less common occupations for Americans named Grill were Clerk and Housewife. .

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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
  • Salesman
  • Farmer
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Clerk
  • Stenographer
  • Housekeeper
  • Housewife
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What is the average Grill lifespan?

Between 1953 and 2004, in the United States, Grill life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1955, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Grill in 1953 was 45, and 81 in 2004.

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