Millard last name popularity, history, and meaning

Find out how popular the last name Millard is in the United States and learn more about the meaning, history, and race and ethnic origin of people in America who are named Millard.

Meaning of Millard

An English occupational surname for a miller or mill worker, derived from the Middle English "millward" or "milleward."

Millard, like all of the last names we have data for, is identified by the U.S. Census Bureau as a surname which has more than 100 occurrences in the United States in the Decennial Census survey. The most recent statistics we have for the Millard surname is from the 2010 census data.

Popularity of Millard in America

Millard is the 2805th most popular name in America based on the data we have collected from the U.S. Census Bureau.

The Millard surname appeared 12,843 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 4 people would have the surname Millard.

We can also compare 2010 data for Millard to data from the previous census in 2000. The table below contains all of the statistics for both years in a side-by-side comparison.

2010 2000 Change (%)
Rank 2805 2633 6.33%
Count 12,843 12,622 1.74%
Proportion per 100k 4.35 4.68 -7.31%

The history of the last name Millard

The surname MILLARD is of English origin, tracing its roots back to the medieval era. It is derived from the Old French word "mouliner," meaning "to mill" or "grind grain." This occupational name was initially given to individuals who operated mills, an essential trade during that time.

MILLARD is believed to have emerged in the counties of Warwickshire and Staffordshire, where many early records of the name can be found. One of the earliest recorded instances of the surname appears in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273, which mentions a John le Milnere from Oxfordshire.

During the 13th and 14th centuries, the name was also spelled in various forms, such as Milner, Millner, and Mylner, reflecting the regional dialects and scribal variations of the time. These alternative spellings can be found in historical documents like the Pipe Rolls and the Hearth Tax Returns.

In the Domesday Book, compiled in 1086, there are references to manors and villages with names containing the element "mill," which may have contributed to the formation of the surname MILLARD in those areas.

Notably, the MILLARD surname has been associated with several notable individuals throughout history. One such figure was Thomas Millard (c. 1572-1633), an English clergyman and author who served as the Rector of St. Clement's Church in Ipswich.

Another prominent bearer of the name was John Millard (1605-1677), an English politician who served as a Member of Parliament for Maldon during the reign of Charles II.

In the 18th century, Joseph Millard (1736-1784) was a renowned English engraver and cartographer, known for his intricate maps and charts.

Moving into the 19th century, Sir Ralph Millard (1828-1899) was a British businessman and philanthropist who made significant contributions to the city of Bradford, where he founded the Millard Charity.

Lastly, Henry Millard (1893-1979), an American author and journalist, gained recognition for his work on the history of the American West and his novels set in that era.

These examples showcase the diverse backgrounds and achievements of individuals bearing the surname MILLARD, reflecting its enduring presence throughout English and American history.

Race and ethnic origin of people with the last name Millard

We also have some data on the ancestry of people with the surname Millard.

The below race categories are the modified race categories used in the Census Bureau's population estimates program. All people were categorized into six mutually exclusive racial and Hispanic origin groups:

  1. White only
  2. Black only
  3. American Indian and Alaskan Native only
  4. Asian and Pacific Islander only
  5. Hispanic
  6. Two or More Races

For the most recent 2010 census data, the race/ethnic origin breakdown for Millard was:

Race/Ethnicity Percentage Total Occurrences
Non-Hispanic White Only 90.13% 11,575
Non-Hispanic Black Only 3.69% 474
Non-Hispanic Asian and Pacific Islander Only 0.97% 125
Non-Hispanic American Indian and Alaskan Native 0.57% 73
Non-Hispanic of Two or More Races 1.78% 229
Hispanic Origin 2.87% 369

Note: Any fields showing (S) means the data was suppressed for privacy so that the data does not in any way identify any specific individuals.

Since we have data from the previous census in 2000, we can also compare the values to see how the popularity of Millard has changed in the 10 years between the two census surveys.

2010 2000 Change (%)
White 90.13% 91.19% -1.17%
Black 3.69% 3.97% -7.31%
Asian and Pacific Islander 0.97% 0.66% 38.04%
American Indian and Alaskan Native 0.57% 0.47% 19.23%
Two or More Races 1.78% 1.68% 5.78%
Hispanic 2.87% 2.04% 33.81%

Data source

The last name data and ethnic breakdown of last names is sourced directly from the Decennial Census survey, conducted every 10 years by the United States Census Bureau.

The history and meaning of the name Millard was researched and written by our team of onomatology and genealogy experts.

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