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Where did the English Mills family come from? What is the English Mills family crest and coat of arms? When did the Mills family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Mills family history?

The name Mills reached England in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Mills family lived at or near a mill having derived from the Old English word mylen, which meant mill.

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Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Mills family name include Mills, Mylles, Meiles and others.

First found in Hampshire where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mills research. Another 253 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1593, 1604, 1676, 1659, 1660, 1621, 1683, 1660, 1645, 1707 and are included under the topic Early Mills History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 141 words (10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Mills Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Mills family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 101 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Mills family to immigrate North America:

Mills Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Alice Mills, who arrived in Virginia in 1634
  • Robert Mills, aged 19, arrived in Barbados in 1634
  • Thomazin Mills, aged 38, landed in Virginia in 1635
  • Jon Mills, who arrived in Virginia in 1642
  • Lewis Mills, who arrived in Virginia in 1642


Mills Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Sarah Mills, who arrived in Virginia in 1701
  • Eliza Mills, who landed in Virginia in 1701
  • Anne Mills, who arrived in Virginia in 1714
  • David Mills, who landed in Maryland in 1716
  • Janus Mills, who landed in Virginia in 1741


Mills Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Allen Mills, who landed in America in 1800
  • Frances Mills, aged 28, landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1803
  • John Augustus Mills, who landed in New York in 1807
  • George Mills, who arrived in New York , NY in 1812
  • Andrew Mills, who landed in America in 1819


Mills Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Gibson Mills, who arrived in Arkansas in 1906

Mills Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Thos Mills, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Ann Mills, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Cathr Mills, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Jno Mills, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Lydia Mills, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750


Mills Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Lillie Mills, aged 22, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1833 aboard the brig "Thomas Hanford" from Cork
  • James Mills, aged 16, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1833 aboard the brig "Thomas Hanford" from Cork
  • Joseph Mills, aged 40, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1833 aboard the brig "Silestria" from Belfast
  • Charles Mills, aged 20, a farmer, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Leslie Gault" in 1833
  • Mary Mills, aged 20, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Leslie Gault" in 1833


Mills Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Joseph Mills, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on September 3rd, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Austraila
  • John Mills, English convict from Gloucester, who was transported aboard the "Andromeda" on October 16, 1826, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
  • John Mills Jr., English convict from Gloucester, who was transported aboard the "America" on April 4, 1829, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • Robert Mills, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "America" on April 4, 1829, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • Sarah Mills, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "America" on December 30, 1830, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia


Mills Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Charles Mills, aged 38, a carpenter, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Birman" in 1842
  • Elizabeth Sophia Mills, aged 40, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Birman" in 1842
  • Edward Mills, aged 12, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Birman" in 1842
  • Henry Mills, aged 10, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Birman" in 1842
  • Alfred Mills, aged 6, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Birman" in 1842


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  • Sherron Mills (1971-2016), American NBA basketball player
  • Mr. Charles Veitch Mills (d. 1915), American 1st Class Passenger from New Rochelle, New York, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
  • William Ellison Mills, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Fulton and Hamilton counties, 1906-08
  • William F. R. Mills (b. 1856), American Republican politician, Mayor of Denver, Colorado, 1918-19
  • William Joseph Mills (1849-1915), American politician, Member of Connecticut State Senate, 1881-82; Justice of New Mexico Territorial Supreme Court, 1898-1910; Governor of New Mexico Territory, 1910-12
  • William Oswald Mills (1924-1973), American Republican politician, U.S. Representative from Maryland 1st District, 1971-73; Delegate to Republican National Convention from Maryland, 1972
  • William S. Mills, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Mayor of Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1913
  • William Thomas Mills (1879-1952), American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Arkansas, 1924, 1936; Candidate for Governor of Arkansas, 1948
  • William W. Mills, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 11th District, 1912, 1914
  • William W. Mills, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Ohio, 1924, 1928

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  • The Mill Family of West Virginia and Eastern Kentucky by Roger L. Mills.
  • Pamunkey Neighbors of Orange County, Virginia: Transcriptions from the Original Files of County Court in Virginia, Kentucky, and Missouri of Wills, Deeds, Order Book & Marriages as well as some Family Lines.
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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Honor virtutis pretium
Motto Translation: Honour is the reward of virtue.

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  1. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  2. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  3. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  4. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  5. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  6. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  7. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  8. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  9. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  10. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
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The Mills Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Mills Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 18 January 2016 at 14:13.

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