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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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The surname Mills was first found in Hampshire. However, one branch of the family was found at Barford in Warwickshire since early times. " Under the chancel [in the church of Barford] is a vault for the family of Mills, to members of whom are five urns on pedestals in the chancel wall." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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.


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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 and printed products wherever possible.

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Outstanding amongst the family at this time was John Myles, English politician, Member of Parliament for Coventry in 1593; John Mylles ( c. 1604-1676), an English politician, Member of Parliament for Oxford University in 1659 and 1660; John Myles (Miles), (c...

Another 39 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Mills Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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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 and printed products wherever possible.

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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
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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
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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
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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

  • Thomas Mills, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Thomas Mills, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Ann Mills, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Cathr Mills, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • John Mills, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
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Mills Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Charles Mills, aged 20, a farmer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Leslie Gault" in 1833
  • Mary Mills, aged 20, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Leslie Gault" in 1833
  • Lillie Mills, aged 22, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the brig "Thomas Hanford" from Cork, Ireland
  • James Mills, aged 16, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the brig "Thomas Hanford" from Cork, Ireland
  • Joseph Mills, aged 40, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the brig "Silestria" from Belfast, Ireland
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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
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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
  • 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
  • William Wallace Mills, American politician, U.S. Consul in Chihuahua, 1897-1905
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Mills Historic Events



HMS Hood

  • Mr. Ronald W Mills (b. 1919), English Stoker 1st Class serving for the Royal Navy from Godshill, Isle of Wight, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
  • Mr. Raymond E Mills (b. 1917), English Stoker 2nd Class serving for the Royal Navy from Swindon, Wiltshire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
  • Mr. Montague D Mills (b. 1920), English Marine serving for the Royal Marine from Eling, Hampshire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
  • Mr. Harry J Mills (b. 1923), English Ordinary Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Mytchett, Farnham, Surrey, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
  • Mr. Campbell R F Mills (b. 1921), English Ordinary Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Croydon, Surrey, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Henry Mills, British Marine, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking, died whilst a Prisoner of War in 1943
  • Mr. H Mills, British Petty Officer, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
  • Mr. E Mills, British Ordinary Seaman, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Mills, British Stoker 2nd Class, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died during the sinking
  • Mr. Mills, British Stoker 1st Class, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Alfred Mills, British Stoker, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking
  • Mr. George Mills, British Ordinary Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking
  • Mr. George Mills, British Boy Telegraphist, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking
  • Mr. William James Mills, British Leading Stoker, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died during the sinking

RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. John Mills, English First Waiter from Birkenhead, Cheshire, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
  • Mr. Charles Veitch Mills, American 1st Class Passenger from New Rochelle, New York, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking

RMS Titanic

  • Mr. Christopher Mills, aged 51, English Butcher from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking by escaping in collapsible C
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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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Citations



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  2. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  3. 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.
  4. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  5. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  6. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  7. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  8. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  9. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  10. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. 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.

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