Last name: Mills

This name is a medieval English or Scottish topographical surname, given originally to someone who lived near a mill, and is derived from the Middle English "mille, milne", mill, a development of the Olde English pre 7th Century "mylen(e)", itself from the Latin "molina", a derivative of "molere", to grind. The final "s" indicates a patronymic, i.e., "son of". The surname gradually came to be used as an occupational name for a worker at a mill, and indeed sometimes for the miller himself, a respected and important position in medieval communities, where the mill was a central part of the settlement. It was powered by water wind, or, sometimes, animals, and usually operated by an agent of the local landowner. The villagers were compelled to bring their corn to the miller to be ground into flour, and to pay for the service with a proportion of their grain. The modern surname can be found as Mill, Mills, Millis, Mille, Milne(s), Millman and Mullen. One Richard Mille appeared in the Hundred Rolls of Cambridgeshire in 1279. An interesting namebearer was George Mills (1808 - 1881), a builder of iron steam ships who became a journalist and started the "Glasgow Advertiser and Shipping Gazette" in 1857. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Richard de la Melle which was dated 1200, in the "Curia Regis Rolls of Sussex", during the reign of King John, known as "Lackland", 1199 - 1216. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as 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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Emma
Hi Kevin,
There was a Samuel Mills who owned land in Kildare (not far from Dublin) in the 1800's. The place was called 'Turnings'. Ring any bells? First names tended to get handed on down to sons.

Kevin C. Mills
If there are any Irish Mills"s out there would love to here from you. my grandfather on my father's side was Irish.the story i was told was his father had a dairy farm outside of dublin. when he died Samuel Mills (my grandfather) and his brother had a falling out. anyway Samuel Mills left for the US and his brother stayed to run the dairy farm. I know in my heart there is family still there and hopefully interested as I am in connecting with long lost family.

Vanessa Edwards, nee Mills
Hi Kevin,
Unfortunately I'm not Irish, but there may be a connection somewhere - my great, great grandfather was Thomas E. Mills, born in Pettigoe, Fermanagh, Ireland in 1841. He emigrated to the US and died in Portland, Oregon in 1915. He was married to Ellen McGoon.
My father moved to Australia in the 70s, which is where I'm from.

Leonard J. Mills
I'm from India. The name is English. I think I got this surname because the English ruled India for 200 odd years. Most probably my ancestor married someone of Indian origin and the name passed down to generations.

Russell Mills
I was born in Orlando Florida and now live in Nashville Tennessee. I was told by my father that our family probably immigrated from England, but I'm light skinned with auburn hair and hazel eyes, so now I'm beginning to wonder if my ancestors were Scottish or Irish. I think I'll do some more research because now I'm intrigued.

Joe MIlls
From Ireland, black hair, blue eyes, light skin. Always thought the name was English so no surprise for me there. Just wanted to say hello to my fellow "grinders".

Matthew Mills
Born in Evansville, Indiana & currently residing in Virginia Beach, VA. Most of the Mills' that I know of are living around Indiana or Illinois. I met another Mills here in VA Beach that said his whole family is from Canada and that is where the Mills name came from right after England.

Erin Mills
My grandpa told me that the Mills name is Dutch and English. I've also heard some Mills' are from Scotland too. But I'm not Spanish Though. My Mills' family has Mostly Black or Brown Hair (Dark hair). I have Brownish Blonde, I get that from another side of my family, (Irish).

Carol
I always thought it was from like Spain and England lol

Jeane
Some Mills are considered black dutch and are associated with spain and men who fled to the lands occupied by the dutch and had children with them and where know. for theif dark hair skin and blue eyes. later they established Jamica NY... my cousin found all this information before she passed...thought i would pass it along

Leonardo Mills
It's funny to learn that my name is English and Scottish because I'm from Honduras which is in central America, yet my last name is that of an English and Scottish person lol.

Tayla Mills
Don't forget about us Mills in South Africa! ; )

Hanna Lorraine Mills
I've always loved my last name and now I know what it came from. Thank you whoever posted this!

Gabriella Mills
Good to know where my last name comes from :D

kitt morgan
most interesting didnt know it had a scotish connection i was once a Mills my dads family from London had a fruit and veg shop A E MILLS and Sons..

Carlos Eduardo Placido Mills
Currently living in Australia, born in Petropolis, Brazil.

Kathy Mills
Interesting you are from Brazil Carlos. We did a Mills YDNA test. One of the closest and strongest DNA matches was traced to Brazil. Interesting because my family is from Oklahoma and Texas. I have blond hair, but my father and brothers have black hair.

Leslie Mills Sr.
Not really knowing my true roots, I have been able to track backwards to the mid 1800's where as my father born 1923 "William Monroe Mills" to my grandmother whom born 1903 "Pearl Atta Mills" daughter of my great grandfather which migrated to Salem Illinois where Pearl was born and later settled in Fla. Myself born in Miami 1955. Would be very interesting making the Illinois Mills connection if possible to move on. Lmills111@aol.com

melanie faith mills
Love the info

Teneille mills
Best surname ever:)

debra powers
Now to find out of I can become a citizen in Ireland or Scotland.....

David Mills
I learned alot about my surname! Good informaton.

Joseph William Mills
So cool!

Joseph Mark Mills
Hello, Joe.

Kiara Mills
Interesting

julie mills
Oh my there are two of me lol x

william kyle andrew mills
mills are so diverse i always thought we originated in wales this is such a good read

alena hlavkova mills
yes I know. I"m originally from czech r.

William Kyle Mills
Its amazing how distributed mills are through out the world

Craig Mills
Love my name : )