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HILL - Name Meaning & Origin


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HILL Surname Meaning & Origin:

1) The most common origin of the surname Hill is as a topographic or place name for one who lives on or near a hill, derived from the Old English hyll. 2) A corruption of the German hild, meaning "battle." 3) From the medieval given name Hill, a short form of the personal name Hilary, from the Latin hilaris, meaning cheerful or glad.

Hill is the 31st most popular surname in the United States and the 19th most common surname in Scotland.

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Genealogy Resources for the Surname HILL:

100 Most Common U.S. Surnames & Their Meanings
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Hill Family Genealogy Forum
Search this popular genealogy forum for the Hill surname to find others who might be researching your ancestors, or post your own Hill query.

FamilySearch - HILL Genealogy
Find records, queries, and lineage-linked family trees posted for the Hill surname and its variations.

HILL Surname & Family Mailing Lists
RootsWeb hosts several free mailing lists for researchers of the Hill surname.

Cousin Connect - HILL Genealogy Queries
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DistantCousin.com - HILL Genealogy & Family History
Free databases and genealogy links for the last name Hill.

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References: Surname Meanings & Origins

Cottle, Basil. Penguin Dictionary of Surnames. Baltimore, MD: Penguin Books, 1967.

Menk, Lars. A Dictionary of German Jewish Surnames. Avotaynu, 2005.

Beider, Alexander. A Dictionary of Jewish Surnames from Galicia. Avotaynu, 2004.

Hanks, Patrick and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford University Press, 1989.

Hanks, Patrick. Dictionary of American Family Names. Oxford University Press, 2003.

Smith, Elsdon C. American Surnames. Genealogical Publishing Company, 1997.

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