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Dill Family History

Dill Name Meaning

German: metonymic occupational name for a sawyer, from Middle High German dill(e) ‘(floor)board’. English: metonymic occupational name for a grower or seller of dill, an aromatic culinary and medicinal herb, Old English dile, dyle. English: nickname from Middle English dell, dill, dull ‘dull’, ‘foolish’. English: from an Old English personal name Dylli or Dylla. Possibly a reduced form of Scottish McDill.

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


Similar surnames: Doll, Gill, Bill, Hill, Mill, Will, Dell, Zill, Nill, Pill

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Where is the Dill family from?

You can see how Dill families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Dill family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Dill families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 134 Dill families living in Nova Scotia. This was about 45% of all the recorded Dill's in Canada. Nova Scotia had the highest population of Dill families in 1911.
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What did your Dill ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Dill. 56% of Dill men worked as a Farmer and 28% of Dill women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Dill were Carpenter and Housewife. .

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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 1921

  • Farmer
    56%
  • Clerk
    10%
  • Labourer
    8%
  • Carpenter
    6%

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Housekeeper
    28%
  • Bookkeeper
    14%
  • Farmer
    14%
  • Housewife
    10%
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Census Records

There are 89,000 census records available for the last name Dill. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Dill 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 8,000 immigration records available for the last name Dill. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 23,000 military records available for the last name Dill. For the veterans among your Dill ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Dill lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Dill life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Dill in 1944 was 53, and 74 in 2004.

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