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Mills Family History

Mills Genealogy & Family Tree

Mills is an English surname from Hampshire, England, where the family held a seat from the 11th Century after their assistance in the Battle of Hastings. It comes from the Old English word mylen, which means “mill,” and referred to someone who lived near a mill. Roots for this name can also be found in Scotland. The family motto is Honor virtutis pretium which means “Honour is the reward of virtue.”

Other spellings include “Miles,” “Milles,” “Mylles,” “Meiles,” “Miller,” and “Millar.” Notable people with the surname include American Olympic athlete Derek Mills (400-meter relay), English actor John Mills (Gandhi, Great Expectations, Swiss Family Robinson), English actress Juliet Mills (Passions, Avanti, Nanny and the Professor), American actress Donna Mills (Knots Landing), and English actress Hayley Mills (The Parent Trap, Pollyanna, That Darn Cat). The first Mills to come to America was Alice Mills in Virginia in 1634.

Mills Birth Records
Mills Death Records
  • Name Birth Date Death Date Location
  • Lois Jane Mills -- --, 1850 December 0, 1871 Nova Scotia
  • Elizabeth Mills -- --, 1803 October 17, 1864
  • Lydia Mills -- --, 1792 December 0, 1829 Kentucky
  • James W. (Miles) Mills -- --, 1820   Virginia
  • Florence Mills -- --, 1866 February 2, 1870 Minnesota
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