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Hill Name Meaning

English and Scottish: extremely common and widely distributed topographic name for someone who lived on or by a hill, Middle English hill (Old English hyll). English: from the medieval personal name Hill, a short form of Hilary (see Hillary) or of a Germanic (male or female) compound name with the first element hild ‘strife’, ‘battle’. German: from a short form of Hildebrand or any of a variety of other names, male and female, containing Germanic hild as the first element. Jewish (American): Anglicized form of various Jewish names of similar sound or meaning. English translation of Finnish Mäki (‘hill’), or of any of various other names formed with this element, such as Mäkinen, Heinämaki, Kivimäki.

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

Similar surnames: Gill, Will, Hild, Bill, Hell, Mill, Hils, Hall, Dill, Hilt

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Where is the Hill family from?

You can see how Hill families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Hill family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Hill families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 836 Hill families living in New York. This was about 14% of all the recorded Hill's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Hill families in 1840.
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What did your Hill ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Hill. 17% of Hill men worked as a Laborer and 9% of Hill women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Hill were Truck Driver 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
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
  • Housekeeper
  • Cook
  • Housewife
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Census Records

There are 3 million census records available for the last name Hill. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Hill 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 363,000 immigration records available for the last name Hill. 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 527,000 military records available for the last name Hill. For the veterans among your Hill ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Hill lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Hill life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Hill in 1940 was 45, and 73 in 2004.

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