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The HILL surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 411,770 41 0.153 1,526
United States (1880 census) 106,501 28 0.213 2,130
Change since 1880 +305269 -13 -0.06 -604
Other Countries
Australia 21,759 38 0.133 1,331
United Kingdom 96,061 30 0.209 2,092
Top States for HILL by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Texas 32,309 44 0.155 1,549
California 28,068 78 0.083 829
Florida 22,735 46 0.142 1,423
North Carolina 20,193 24 0.251 2,509
Ohio 19,730 27 0.174 1,738
Top States for HILL by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Alabama 15,531 19 0.349 3,492
Mississippi 8,360 25 0.294 2,939
Tennessee 15,830 24 0.278 2,782
Arkansas 7,231 19 0.270 2,705
North Carolina 20,193 24 0.251 2,509


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

Classification and Origin of HILL

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: England

Language of origin: English

Ethnic origin: English

Religious origin: Christian

Name derivation: Location or Geographical Feature

Data for religion and/or language relates to the culture in which the HILL 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 HILL 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 HILL in the USA

Classification Total Percent
White (Caucasian) 275,186 66.83
Black/African American 117,025 28.42
Mixed Race 7,330 1.78
White (Hispanic) 6,753 1.64
Native American/Alaskan 3,747 0.91
Asian/Pacific 1,729 0.42

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

Meaning of HILL in historical publications

HILL. From i-esidence upon one. Its medieval form is Atte-Hill. The Lond. Direct, has more than two hundred traders of this name, besides about one-eighth of that number in the pluralized form of Hills. The most distinguished family of this name, the Hills of Hawkstone (Viscount Hill), deduce themselves from Hugh de la HuUe (' of the Hill '), who held the estate of Court of Hill in the parish of Burford, co. Salop, temp. Richard I. Shirley's Noble and Gentle Men, p. 197. The Hills of Stallington, co. Stafford, are descended from the family of De Monte, of Castle IMorton, co. AVorcester, and they bore that name till the XV. cent., when it was anglicized to Hyll. See Nash's Worcestershire.

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 HILL

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as HILL.

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 HILL

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