Last name: Miller

This notable surname is regarded as Anglo-Scottish. It has over twenty-five entries in the British "Dictionary of National Biography", and no less than thirty coats of arms. It is or rather was, occupational, and described a corn miller, or at least someone in charge of a mill. The origination is from the pre 7th century Olde English word "mylene", and the later "milne", but ultimately from the Roman (Latin) "molere", meaning to grind. Job-descriptive surnames denoted the occupation of the namebearer, but only became hereditary when a son followed a father into the same line of business. The miller enjoyed a privileged position in medieval society, the mill being an important centre in every medieval settlement, and farmers gathered there to have their corn ground into flour. A proportion of the ground corn was kept by the miller by way of payment, and this was sometimes a bone of contention. Amongst the eraly recordings we have Reginald Miller in the Subsidy Tax Rolls of Sussex in 1327, whilst in May 1635, James Miller, aged 18, was an early emigrant to the new states of America. He embarked from London on the ship "Plaine Joan" bound for Virginia. James Miller (1812 - 1864), born in Scotland, was the surgeon to Queen Victoria, and a notable bearer of the name. One of the earliest coats of arms granted to the family has the blazon of ermine charged with three wolves' heads erased, in silver. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Ralph Muller. This was dated 1296, in the "Subsidy Tax Rolls of Sussex", during the reign of King Edward 1st of England, 1272 - 1307. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was sometimes known as the Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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Sue M Stephens
I've traced my 4xgreat grandfather to Jacob Miller, from PA and moved to VA

Margaret Eddings

My great grandfather born in 1867 was named Jacob Malcom Miller he was from Union deposit and Harrisburg PA. He had a son Willis, a son Ralph. Ralph was married to a woman named Ollie and they lived in VA in the 1950's

Margaret Eddings

My great grandfather was Jacob Miller born around 1867 in PA. He had a son Willis who lived in PA and a son Ralph who lived in VA

Ron Miller
I've been able to trace my Miller tree back to 1810. My father is William E. Miller Sr (born in Tyrone, Pa), my grandfather was Frank K. Miller (born in Tyrone, Pa, died in Ohio), my great-grandfather was Nicholas Miller (born in Williamsburg, Pa, died in Tyrone, Pa), my great-great grandfather was Joseph Miller (born in 1843, Pa), and my great-great-great grandfather was John Miller (born 1810, Huntingdon County, Pa, died in 1873, Williamsburg, Pa). This is where I'm stuck right now. We believe either John Miller's father is John Miller also who is the son of a Samuel Miller from Ireland/Scotland (we have no proof right now). If anyone has information on them I would appreciate any info on them. Thank you.

S Ralph Miller
Newfoundland I trace my family name to mid 1700s fishermen from England / Scotland who settler near Portugal Cove CB NL Canada
Do any one have a similar anstary

John David Miller
Sadly, I can only trace my surname back to 1910, to my Grandfather, who was adopted at birth by a family called Miller, and given their name. He was brought up as a child in Ancoats, Manchester, then moved to Cumberland as it was then, living in various places, ending his days in Workington, which is where I was born. My Grandfather, Father and myself, are all John Miller. My Father was Mayor Of Workington 1969-70.

Lisa
Hi John, I am tracing a family of Miller's in Ancoats as well. There is a lot of John millers in the family too. When was your Grandfather born? do you know the names of his adoptive parents at all or what street they lived? Is he on the 1911 census?

elizabeth
hi my name is elizabeth patricia miller and i'm 15 years old and i live in cape grardou missouir and i go to school at cape central high xchool and i"m a freshman. and high school is hard and fustrading. buy

Jeffrey Miller
My Grandfather was Earl Underwood Miller of Kansas City Missouri.

Charles E. Miller, Jr. BA, ODU; MA, LU
I am Charles E. Miller, Jr. and I live in Chesapeake, Virginia. Eight generations back I am a descendent of Jonathan Miller, Sr. who purchased one thousand acres of land in Bertie County, North Carolina. Jonathan spelt his name two ways: one was "Miller" and the other was "Millar." Some people say he was German; however, Millar is Scottish. What do you say?

jackson howlett
thats cool

Liz
I'm a Sydney, Australia Miller. :)

Paul Miller
I probably have some distant relatives on your great continent. There is Youell, Beatty, Woods, Miller, McDonald, Stockton and Harmon in my blood. And just yesterday I was walking through Sydney using Google Earth. Cheers.

Paul Miller
It's ironic that my surname Miller was given to my paternal grandfather who immigrated from Lithuania through Ellis Island while I have just discovered that I am actually related to the true Millers through my great-great-grandmother on my mother's side.

Jody Walter
My Great Grandfather is a Miller, he migrated to the US. in the 1920's from Prince Edwards inland,Ca. I've been told some of the Millers still live there and some moved around the Windsor,Ont.Ca. area.

Roselind (nee Miller) Hirst.
My maiden name was Miller -- my Dad was James Miller, born in Glasgow in 1910 --would love to know if there are any others of that name still around ---long shot I know --parents were William Miller and Mary (Frame) -- all deceased now.

marion nee'miller palmer
I'm MARION nee'MILLER PALMER living in Canada - are there any 'Miller's' living in Chalford/Cirencester Gloucestershire - my father was born in that area

Marjorie
Please revisit this name. Medieval English farmers (500-1450) didn't grow corn or visit corn millers. Corn was first discovered in Cuba and exported to Europe by Christopher Columbus on his first (1492) or second (1494) visit to the New World.

James Miller
Marjorie, In England we call Wheat "Corn" hence the "Corn Exchanges" you find in most English country/rural market towns. What you're calling corn we call Maize. The article is therefore correct in the terms it's using but perhaps should have added the term "wheat" to avoid pan-Atlantic confusion. :) I'm a Suffolk, UK Miller.

John Miller
I am John of the Scottish Millers, I was born in Alabama, USA to James Miller. His grandfather is also James Miller as is my son. We tend to reuse the same names. I am in the process of researching our family history and I am finding some fascinating facts. Any more info would be helpful. I am on Ancestry.com User name johnm808

Stephen Miller
I am from the Cornish ( UK ) Miller line

elizabeth
whats up my name is elizabeth patricia miller i"m 15 years old

Franky
hello im Franky Miller im 12 years old

Christine Anne Miller
HI my name Is Christine Miller

Charles E. Miller, Jr., BA, ODU; MA, LU
Our name is everywhere in the European world. I am a Scotch-Irish Miller/Millar. My father was born in Bertie County, North Carolina near the town of Colerain. It was named after Coleraine, Northern Ireland. My grandmother Miller was Essie Cowan. That is Scotch-Irish also. Miller is related to Mueller in German and in Latin is Molindarius. May all of you have a Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays.

JASON MILLER
My name is Jason Miller - from - Gregory Miller - from - Clarance Miller - from - J Henry Miller - from - Jessie Miller - from - James H. Miller - who came to Ohio from Prussia in 1822. I haven't been able to go back further than that. From what I was told, Hitler's army's destroyed much of Prussia's records.