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Hillis Name Meaning

variant of Hills. variant of Hillhouse. In the British Isles, this name is now most frequent in northern Ireland and Scotland.

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


Similar surnames: Millis, Tillis, Killin, Illes, Gilles, Hilley, Hills, Hollis, Gills

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Where is the Hillis family from?

You can see how Hillis families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Hillis family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Hillis families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 150 Hillis families living in Ontario. This was about 68% of all the recorded Hillis's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Hillis families in 1911.
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What did your Hillis ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Hillis. 59% of Hillis men worked as a Farmer and 60% of Hillis women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Hillis were Carpenter and Farmer.

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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
    59%
  • Labourer
    11%
  • Clerk
    6%
  • Carpenter
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Housekeeper
    60%
  • Farmer
    40%
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Census Records

There are 30,000 census records available for the last name Hillis. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Hillis 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 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Hillis. 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 4,000 military records available for the last name Hillis. For the veterans among your Hillis ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Hillis lifespan?

Between 1951 and 2004, in the United States, Hillis life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1958, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Hillis in 1951 was 65, and 75 in 2004.

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