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Hils Name Meaning

German (Lower Rhine-Westphalia) and French (Alsace): topographic name for someone who lived near a stand or grove of holly, from a dialect form of hülse ‘holly’ (Ilex aquifolium). Compare Hulst. This is also the name of a range of wooded hills near Hildesheim. from a short form of a Germanic personal name with hild ‘fight’, ‘battle’ as the first element.

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


Similar surnames: Hill, Hiss, Hild, Hilt, Hitz, Ris, Hilke, Hall, Fils, Zins

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Where is the Hils family from?

You can see how Hils families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Hils family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Hils families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 2 Hils families living in Pennsylvania. This was 100% of all the recorded Hils's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Hils families in 1840.
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What did your Hils ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Secretary were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Hils. 25% of Hils men worked as a Laborer and 34% of Hils women worked as a Secretary. Some less common occupations for Americans named Hils were Log Cutter and Cook.

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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
    25%
  • Clerk
    20%
  • Farmer
    20%
  • Log Cutter
    15%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Secretary
    34%
  • Bookkeeper
    23%
  • Teacher
    23%
  • Cook
    23%
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Census Records

There are 2,000 census records available for the last name Hils. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Hils 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 581 immigration records available for the last name Hils. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Hils. For the veterans among your Hils ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Hils lifespan?

Between 1963 and 2004, in the United States, Hils life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1966, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Hils in 1963 was 81, and 62 in 2004.

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