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What does the name Mills mean?

The origin of the Mills surname is thought to be English and Scottish and has been found in records from as early as the 1200s. Mills is believed to mostly be a geographic name, referring to those who lived at or near a mill. Less often, Mills can arise as a patronymic surname, given to those who are the son or descendant of someone called 'Miles'.

The earliest occurrence of the Mills surname in our family history documents is from 1504, and we currently have 1,942,450 records where Mills appears.

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