Mills History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the Mills family

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]

"This name is mostly confined to the southern half of England. Its chief homes are in Essex, Kent, Sussex, Hants, and Warwickshire. It is rare or infrequent in the south - west of England, where, in Cornwall and Devon, its place is to some extent supplied by Mill." [2]

Early History of the Mills family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mills research. Another 128 words (9 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.

Mills Spelling Variations

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.

Early Notables of the Mills family (pre 1700)

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.

Mills World Ranking

In the United States, the name Mills is the 152nd most popular surname with an estimated 151,707 people with that name. [3] However, in Canada, the name Mills is ranked the 207th most popular surname with an estimated 18,607 people with that name. [4] And in Newfoundland, Canada, the name Mills is the 195th popular surname with an estimated 214 people with that name. [5] Australia ranks Mills as 95th with 26,459 people. [6] New Zealand ranks Mills as 104th with 3,954 people. [7] The United Kingdom ranks Mills as 87th with 53,161 people. [8]

Ireland Migration of the Mills family to Ireland

Some of the Mills family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 57 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Mills migration to the United States +

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 [9]
  • Thomazin Mills, aged 38, who landed in Virginia in 1635 [9]
  • Jon Mills, who arrived in Virginia in 1642 [9]
  • Lewis Mills, who arrived in Virginia in 1642 [9]
  • Miles Mills, who arrived in Virginia in 1650 [9]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Mills Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Sarah Mills, who arrived in Virginia in 1701 [9]
  • Eliza Mills, who landed in Virginia in 1701 [9]
  • Anne Mills, who arrived in Virginia in 1714 [9]
  • David Mills, who landed in Maryland in 1716 [9]
  • Janus Mills, who landed in Virginia in 1741 [9]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Mills Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Allen Mills, who landed in America in 1800 [9]
  • Frances Mills, aged 28, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1803 [9]
  • John Augustus Mills, who landed in New York in 1807 [9]
  • George Mills, who arrived in New York, NY in 1812 [9]
  • Andrew Mills, who landed in America in 1819 [9]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Mills Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Miss Vera Mills, (b. 1900), aged 3, Cornish settler travelling aboard the ship "Campania" arriving at Ellis Island, New York on 10th October 1903 en route to Globe, Arizona, USA [10]
  • Miss Amy Mills, (b. 1892), aged 11, Cornish settler travelling aboard the ship "Campania" arriving at Ellis Island, New York on 10th October 1903 en route to Globe, Arizona, USA [10]
  • Mrs. Eliza Mills, (b. 1868), aged 35, Cornish settler travelling aboard the ship "Campania" arriving at Ellis Island, New York on 10th October 1903 en route to Globe, Arizona, USA [10]
  • Miss Mary Mills, (b. 1894), aged 9, Cornish settler travelling aboard the ship "Campania" arriving at Ellis Island, New York on 10th October 1903 en route to Globe, Arizona, USA [10]
  • Gibson Mills, who arrived in Arkansas in 1906 [9]

Canada Mills migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

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
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Mills Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Charles Mills, aged 20, a farmer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Leslie Gault" in 1833
  • Mary Mills, aged 20, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Leslie Gault" in 1833
  • Lillie Mills, aged 22, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the brig "Thomas Hanford" from Cork, Ireland
  • James Mills, aged 16, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the brig "Thomas Hanford" from Cork, Ireland
  • Joseph Mills, aged 40, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the brig "Silestria" from Belfast, Ireland
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Mills migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Mills Settlers in Australia in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Thomas Mills, Cornish settler convicted in Cornwall, UK on 2nd August 1790, sentenced for 7 years for burglary in the house of Reverend Ratcliffe, transported Atlantic" on 27th March 1791 to New South Wales, Australia [11]
Mills Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Mills, (Pollard), (b. 1791), aged 12, British convict who was convicted in Middlesex, England for 7 years for stealing, transported aboard the "Calcutta" in February 1803, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [12]
  • Mr. Henry Mills, British Convict who was convicted in London, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Coromandel" on 27th October 1819, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [13]
  • Mr. Edward Mills, (b. 1793), aged 26, English groom who was convicted in Bedford, Bedfordshire, England for life for burglary, transported aboard the "Asiatic" on 5th June 1819, arriving in New South Wales, Australia, he died in 1862 [14]
  • Joseph Mills, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on September 3rd, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia [15]
  • Mr. Thomas Mills, British convict who was convicted in Chester, Cheshire, England for life, transported aboard the "Competitor"18th March 1823, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [16]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Mills migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Mills Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Charles Mills, aged 38, a carpenter, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Birman" in 1842
  • Elizabeth Sophia Mills, aged 40, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Birman" in 1842
  • Edward Mills, aged 12, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Birman" in 1842
  • Henry Mills, aged 10, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Birman" in 1842
  • Alfred Mills, aged 6, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Birman" in 1842
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

West Indies Mills migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [17]
Mills Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • Robert Mills, aged 19, who arrived in Barbados in 1634 [9]
  • Mr. Robert Mills, (b. 1610), aged 24, British settler travelling from Gravesend, UK aboard the ship "Hopewell" arriving in Barbados on 17th February 1634 [9]

Contemporary Notables of the name Mills (post 1700) +

  • Charles Wade Mills (1951-2021), English-born, American philosopher, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at Graduate Center, CUNY, and John Evans Professor of Moral and Intellectual Philosophy at Northwestern University
  • Morton J. "Chuck" Mills (1928-2021), American head college football coach for Pomona College (1957–1961), Indiana University of Pennsylvania (1962–1963), the United States Merchant Marine Academy (1964), Utah State University (1967–1972), Wake Forest University (1973–1977), Southern Oregon University (1980–1988), and the United States Coast Guard Academy (1997)
  • Dorothy Seymour Mills (1928-2019), American baseball author, historian and researcher from Cleveland, Ohio
  • Richard Paul Mills (1944-2017), American educator, 12th Commissioner of Education of the State of New York (1995-2009)
  • Sherron Mills (1971-2016), American NBA basketball player
  • Corporal James Henry Mills (1923-1973), American soldier awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1944
  • Charles Wright Mills (1916-1962), American sociologist
  • Derek Mills (b. 1972), American 1996 Olympic Games gold medalist in the men's 4x400 meter relay
  • Wilbur Daigh Mills (1909-1992), American politician and chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee in the 1960s
  • Michael Edward Mills (b. 1958), American rock musician, bass guitar player for the band R.E.M
  • ... (Another 203 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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 and died in the sinking [18]
  • Mr. Raymond E Mills (b. 1917), English Stoker 2nd Class serving for the Royal Navy from Swindon, Wiltshire, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [18]
  • Mr. Montague D Mills (b. 1920), English Marine serving for the Royal Marine from Eling, Hampshire, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [18]
  • Mr. Harry J Mills (b. 1923), English Ordinary Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Mytchett, Farnham, Surrey, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [18]
  • Mr. Campbell R F Mills (b. 1921), English Ordinary Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Croydon, Surrey, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [18]
HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. Henry Mills, British Marine, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking, died whilst a Prisoner of War in 1943 [19]
  • Mr. H Mills, British Petty Officer, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [19]
  • Mr. E Mills, British Ordinary Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [19]
  • Mr. Mills, British Stoker 2nd Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died in the sinking [19]
  • Mr. Mills, British Stoker 1st Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [19]
HMS Repulse
  • Mr. Alfred Mills, British Stoker, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [20]
  • Mr. George Mills, British Ordinary Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [20]
  • Mr. George Mills, British Boy Telegraphist, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [20]
  • Mr. William James Mills, British Leading Stoker, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died in the sinking [20]
Lady of the Lake
  • Miss Eliza Mills (b. 1814), Irish traveller from Fintonia, Ireland who sailed aboard the "Lady of the Lake" from Greenock, Scotland on 8th April 1833 to Quebec, Canada when the ship hit ice and sunk of the coast of Newfoundland on the 11th May 1833 and she died in 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 [21]
  • 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 [22]
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 [23]
SS Caribou
  • Mr. Henry Herbert Mills (b. 1898), British passenger who was Royal Army was travelling aboard the railway ferry "SS Caribou" when it was struck by a German submarine torpedo on 14th October 1942, the most significant sinking in Canadian waters at that time, he died in the sinking
SS Newfoundland
  • Mr. Azariah Mills (b. 1864), Newfoundlander from New Perlican, who on the 30th March 1914 he was part of the Seal Crew of the "SS Newfoundland" leaving the ship to intercept the Stephano which took him to the hunting grounds, he disembarked to begin sealing, but was caught in a thickening storm, attempting to return to the Newfoundland he and the 132 crew made camp for two days the sealers were stranded on the ice in a blizzard attempting to return to the ship, he survived


The Mills Motto +

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.


Suggested Readings for the name Mills +

  • 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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  2. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  3. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  4. ^ https://forebears.io/surnames/
  5. ^ The order of Common Surnames in 1955 in Newfoundland retrieved on 20th October 2021 (retrieved from Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland by E.R. Seary corrected edition ISBN 0-7735-1782-0)
  6. ^ https://forebears.io/australia/surnames
  7. ^ https://forebears.io/new-zealand/surnames
  8. ^ https://www.surnamemap.eu/unitedkingdom/surnames_ranking.php?p=10
  9. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  10. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_ellis_island_1892_on.pdf
  11. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 30th May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_australia_convicts.pdf
  12. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 25th November 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/calcutta
  13. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 12th March 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/coromandel
  14. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 14th July 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/atlas
  15. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1820 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1820
  16. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 5th March 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/competitor
  17. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_West_Indies
  18. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm
  19. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
  20. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html
  21. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 7) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
  22. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
  23. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html


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