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since 1880
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Hillis

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Alt. Meaning

H is for hug, give one today!

I is for intense, your zest of living.

L is for luster, your shine.

L is for life, that you live so well.

I is for innovator, always improving

S is for select, as few are chosen.

Notable Persons Named Hillis

Hillis Layne was a baseball player. Hillis was born on February 23rd, 1918 in Whitwell, Tennessee. Hillis is also known as Layne and Ivoria Hillis. He passed away on January 12th, 2010.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Hillis

Peyton was born on January 21st, 1986 in Conway, Arkansas.


Ali Hillis is an actress, voice actress, actor, and voice acting. She was most active from 1999 to present. Ali was given the name Alecia Hillis on December 29th, 1978 in Huntington Beach, California, U.S.


Daniel Hillis is a scientist in the fields of computer science and computer engineering. Daniel was given the name William Daniel Hillis on September 25th, 1956 in Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.


Rib Hillis is a model, actor, and model (people). Rib was given the name Robert Duane Hillis on November 21st, 1970.


Margaret Hillis was an orchestra director. Margaret was born Margaret Hillis on October 1st, 1921 in Kokomo, Indiana. She left this life on February 4th, 1998.


David Mark Hillis is a in the field of biology. David was born on December 21st, 1958 in Copenhagen.


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Popularity of Hillis as a last name

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Common last names for Hillis

  • Brown
  • Johnson

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Hillis U.S.
  White 90.86% 64.26%
  African American 3.87% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.41% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 1.41% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.41% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.03% 16.26%

Of Last Name Hillis

People with the last name Hillis are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Hillis

  • How Popular is the name Hillis? Hillis is the 18,055th most popular name of all time. As a last name Hillis was the 5,884th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Hillis have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 420 babies born with the first name Hillis in the United States. That's more than enough people named Hillis to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Hillis? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1912 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • When was Hillis first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Hillis is Wednesday, August 19th, 1874.
  • What year had the most people named Hillis born? The highest recorded use of the first name Hillis was in 1919 with a total of 16 babies.
  • Random Hillis Factoid: According to the 1941 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Hillis is not a popular baby boy's name in Kentucky. Imagine that, only 5 babies in Kentucky have the same name as you in 1941.
  • Weird things about the name Hillis: Your name in reverse order is Sillih. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ishlli. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Hillis? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 5,866 people with the last name Hillis.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Hillis? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 2 of them will have Hillis as their last name.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
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