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The MILLS surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 147,909 165 0.055 548
United States (1880 census) 36,564 136 0.073 731
Change since 1880 +111345 -29 -0.018 -183
Other Countries
Australia 11,438 90 0.070 700
United Kingdom 48,316 86 0.105 1,052

'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.

Classification and Origin of MILLS

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: England

Language of origin: English

Ethnic origin: English

Religious origin: Christian

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

Classification Total Percent
Asian/Pacific 592 0.4
White (Caucasian) 117,883 79.7
Black/African American 23,799 16.09
Mixed Race 2,219 1.5
White (Hispanic) 2,248 1.52
Native American/Alaskan 1,168 0.79

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

Meaning of MILLS in historical publications

MILLS. Perhaps from residence near mills, in some instances. I am rather disposed, however, to consider it the genitive of an abbreA-iatcd form of Michael (see l\Iiles), and the occurrence of Millson seems to favour this derivation. But see Milsou, which is ' local.'

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

(origin: Local) Living near a mill. Gaelic, Milidh, a soldier, the d being silent.

Arthur, William (1857) An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. New York: Sheldon, Blakeman. Public Domain.

Similar names to MILLS

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as MILLS.

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 MILLS

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