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The BILLS surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 9,722 3363 0.004 36
United States (1880 census) 2,543 2385 0.005 51
Change since 1880 +7179 -978 -0.001 -15
Other Countries
Australia 408 3871 0.002 25
United Kingdom 1,173 4620 0.003 26
Top States for BILLS by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Texas 850 2947 0.004 41
Utah 781 361 0.035 350
Michigan 746 1613 0.008 75
California 687 4549 0.002 20
New York 584 3586 0.003 31
Top States for BILLS by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Utah 781 361 0.035 350
Vermont 87 1360 0.014 143
Idaho 147 1274 0.011 114
West Virginia 193 1458 0.011 107
Tennessee 510 1817 0.009 90


'A figure of zero indicates that we don't have data for this name (usually because it's quite uncommon and our stats don't go down that far). It doesn't mean that there's no-one with that name at all!

For less common surnames, the figures get progressively less reliable the fewer holders of that name there are. This data is aggregated from several public lists, and some stats are interpolated from known values. The margin of error is well over 100% at the rarest end of the table!

For less common surnames, the frequency and "per million" values may be 0 even though there are people with that name. That's because they represent less than one in a million of the population, which ends up as 0 after rounding.

It's possible for a surname to gain in rank and/or total while being less common per million people (or vice versa) as there are now more surnames in the USA as a result of immigration. In mathematical terms, the tail has got longer, with a far larger number of less common surnames.

Figures for top states show firstly the states where most people called BILLS live. This obviously tends to be biased towards the most populous states. The second set of figures show where people called BILLS represent the biggest proportion of the population. So, in this case, there are more people called BILLS in Texas than any other state, but you are more likely to find a BILLS by picking someone at random in Utah than anywhere else.

Classification and Origin of BILLS

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: England

Language of origin: English

Ethnic origin: English

Religious origin: Christian

Name derivation: From name of parent

Data for religion and/or language relates to the culture in which the BILLS surname originated. It does not necessarily have any correlation with the language spoken, or religion practised, by the majority of current American citizens with that name.

Data for ethnic origin relates to the region and country in which the BILLS surname originated. It does not necessarily have any correlation with the ethnicity of the majority of current American citizens with that name.

Ethnic distribution of BILLS in the USA

Classification Total Percent
White (Hispanic) 165 1.7
Mixed Race 156 1.6
Native American/Alaskan 76 0.78
Asian/Pacific 42 0.43
White (Caucasian) 8,036 82.66
Black/African American 1,247 12.83

Ethnic distribution data shows the number and percentage of people with the BILLS surname who reported their ethnic background as being in these broad categories in the most recent national census.

Meaning of BILLS in historical publications

BILLS. BILLSON. See Bill and Bilke above.

Lower, Mark A (1860) Patronymica Britannica: a dictionary of the family names of the United Kingdom. London: J.R. Smith. Public Domain.

Similar names to BILLS

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as BILLS.

This does not necessarily imply a direct relationship between the names, but may indicate names that could be mistaken for this one when written down or misheard.

Matches are generated automatically by a combination of Soundex, Metaphone and Levenshtein matching.

Potential typos for BILLS

The following words are slight variants of BILLS that are likely to be possible typos or misspellings in written material.