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Tilles Name Meaning

Jewish (eastern Ashkenazic): metronymic from the Yiddish female personal name Tile derived either from Hebrew tehila ‘splendor’ or from Ottilia, borrowed from German Christians.

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

Similar surnames: Tillis, Gelles, Gilles, Tilley, Illes, Hiller, Tiller, Telles, Gillen

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Where is the Tilles family from?

You can see how Tilles families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Tilles family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1841 and 1920. The most Tilles families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 11 Tilles families living in New Mexico. This was about 30% of all the recorded Tilles's in the USA. New Mexico had the highest population of Tilles families in 1880.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Tilles surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Tilles ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Saleslady were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Tilles. 22% of Tilles men worked as a Laborer and 43% of Tilles women worked as a Saleslady. Some less common occupations for Americans named Tilles were Porter and Operator.

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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
  • Porter

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Saleslady
  • Seamstress
  • Operator
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Census Records

There are 2,000 census records available for the last name Tilles. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Tilles 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 612 immigration records available for the last name Tilles. 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 329 military records available for the last name Tilles. For the veterans among your Tilles ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Tilles lifespan?

Between 1958 and 2003, in the United States, Tilles life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1968, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Tilles in 1958 was 63, and 92 in 2003.

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