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Zill Family History

Zill Name Meaning

metonymic occupational name for someone who piloted a river barge, from Middle High German zülle, zulle, zille ‘river barge’. from the personal name Cyliak (a variant of Cyriak; see Zilch) or of the female personal name Cäcilie (German form of Cecilia).

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


Similar surnames: Dill, Gill, Hill, Mill, Bill, Will, Nill, Zoll, Till, Lill

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Where is the Zill family from?

You can see how Zill families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Zill family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Zill families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1911 there was 1 Zill family living in Saskatchewan. This was 100% of all the recorded Zill's in Canada. Saskatchewan had the highest population of Zill families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Zill surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Zill ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Seamstress were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Zill. 30% of Zill men worked as a Laborer and 30% of Zill women worked as a Seamstress. Some less common occupations for Americans named Zill were Farm Laborer and Teacher.

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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.

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Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Laborer
    30%
  • Farmer
    17%
  • Salesman
    17%
  • Farm Laborer
    13%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Seamstress
    30%
  • Secretary
    30%
  • Maid
    20%
  • Teacher
    20%
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Census Records

There are 2,000 census records available for the last name Zill. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Zill 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 564 immigration records available for the last name Zill. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Zill. For the veterans among your Zill ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Zill lifespan?

Between 1954 and 2004, in the United States, Zill life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1954, and highest in 1962. The average life expectancy for Zill in 1954 was 38, and 81 in 2004.

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