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Origins of the Miller surname

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What does the name Miller mean?

The Miller surname is primarily English and Scottish, with two main hypothesised points of origin. The first is an occupational one, relating to those who kept, operated or owned mills. In Scotland Miller also can be geographical, relating to those who live around or in the molendinar (a 'burn' in Glasgow). This origin can be more often found in the 'Millar' variant.

Alternative variations of the name Miller

Miller, Millar, Myllar, Myller, Millare

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Where do most Millers live?

In 1921, most Millers lived in London.

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Interesting facts about Millers

How common is your surname?

54th most common surname in the UK

We have 507,000 records for the Miller surname. The oldest one dates back to 1323.

Who were Millers most likely to marry?




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What are the most common Miller first names?

  • John
  • William
  • Mary
  • Elizabeth

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Common jobs for Millers

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

Common Female occupations for Millers in 1921


Domestic Servant






General Servant Domestic


Common Male occupations for Millers in 1921
Farm Hands


Semiskilled Chauffeurs And Drivers


Coal Miner


Agricultural Labourer


General Labourer


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