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Hill Family History

Hill Name Meaning

English: topographic name for someone who lived on or by a hill from Middle English hill hell hull ‘hill’ (Old English hyll). Compare Hiller . This surname is also very common among African Americans. English: possibly in some cases from the personal name Hille a pet form of some name such as Hilger or Hillary . German: from a short form of Hildebrand or any of a variety of other names male and female containing ancient Germanic hild ‘battle’ as the first element. Americanized form (translation into English) of Finnish Mäki ‘hill’ or of any of various other names formed with this element (see Maki ). Americanized form of various like-sounding Jewish surnames.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Gill, Will, Hild, Bill, Hell, Mill, Hils, Hall, Dill, Hilt

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Where is the Hill family from?

You can see how Hill families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Hill family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Hill families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 4,912 Hill families living in Ontario. This was about 59% of all the recorded Hill's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Hill families in 1911.
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What did your Hill ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Hill. 31% of Hill men worked as a Farmer and 12% of Hill women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Hill were Carpenter and Student. .

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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
  • Labourer
  • Laborer
  • Carpenter

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Stenographer
  • Housekeeper
  • Income
  • Student
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Census Records

There are 3 million census records available for the last name Hill. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Hill 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 363,000 immigration records available for the last name Hill. 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 527,000 military records available for the last name Hill. For the veterans among your Hill ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Hill lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Hill life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Hill in 1940 was 45, and 73 in 2004.

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