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Mills Family History

Mills Name Meaning

English and Scottish: variant of Mill 1. English: either a metronymic form of Mill 2, or a variant of Miles. Irish: in Ulster this is the English name, but elsewhere in Ireland it may be a translation of a Gaelic topographic byname, an Mhuilinn ‘of the mill’.

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


Similar surnames: Miles, Mill, Mille, Milks, Mells, Gills, Milne, Millis, Milla, Dills

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Where is the Mills family from?

You can see how Mills families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Mills family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Mills families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 462 Mills families living in New York. This was about 20% of all the recorded Mills's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Mills families in 1840.
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What did your Mills ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Mills. 15% of Mills men worked as a Farmer and 6% of Mills women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Mills were Truck Driver and Teacher.

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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

  • Farmer
    15%
  • Laborer
    15%
  • Salesman
    4%
  • Truck Driver
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
    6%
  • Housewife
    6%
  • Housekeeper
    6%
  • Teacher
    5%
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Census Records

There are 1 million census records available for the last name Mills. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Mills 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 218,000 immigration records available for the last name Mills. 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 228,000 military records available for the last name Mills. For the veterans among your Mills ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Mills lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Mills life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Mills in 1940 was 38, and 74 in 2004.

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