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Origins of the Hill surname

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What does the name Hill mean?

Hill is thought to be an English surname (where it is still the 36th most prevalent name in the country), which has derived from a geographic origin. This surname is believed to refer to someone who lived at or on a hill. Less commonly, it can be a diminutive of Hillary.

Alternative variations of the name Hill

Hill, Hille, Hills, Hyll, Hil

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Where do most Hills live?

In 1921, most Hills lived in London.

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Interesting facts about Hills

How common is your surname?

22nd most common surname in the UK

We have 791,000 records for the Hill surname. The oldest one dates back to 1086.

Who were Hills most likely to marry?




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What are the most common Hill first names?

  • John
  • William
  • Mary
  • Elizabeth

Our birth record sets tell us the names of Hill family members

Common jobs for Hills

Men and women often performed different types of jobs, so these are displayed by gender to maintain their historical accuracy.

Common Female occupations for Hills in 1921




Domestic Servant


General Servant Domestic


House Servant


Common Male occupations for Hills in 1921
Agricultural Labourer


Coal Miner


General Labourer




Farm Labourer


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