When Earl Gregory Miller Sr. was born on 16 June 1816, in Delaware, New York, United States, his father, James Miller, was 23 and his mother, Mary Sutton, was 26. He married Charity Jane Hawley on 20 June 1841, in Delaware, New York, United States. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 7 daughters. He lived in Frenchtown Township, Antelope, Nebraska, United States in 1885 and Blaine Township, Antelope, Nebraska, United States in 1900. He died on 7 January 1902, in Clearwater, Antelope, Nebraska, United States, at the age of 85, and was buried in Clearwater, Antelope, Nebraska, United States.
English and Scottish: occupational name for a miller. The standard modern vocabulary word represents the northern Middle English term miller, an agent derivative of mille ‘mill’, reinforced by Old Norse mylnari (see Milner ). In southern, western, and central England Millward (literally, ‘mill keeper’) was the usual term. In North America, the surname Miller has absorbed many cognate surnames from other languages, for example German Müller (see Mueller ), Dutch Mulder and Molenaar , French Meunier , Italian Molinaro , Spanish Molinero , Hungarian Molnár (see Molnar ), Slovenian, Croatian, and Serbian Mlinar , Polish Młynarz or Młynarczyk (see Mlynarczyk ). Miller (including in the senses below) is the seventh most frequent surname in the US.
South German, Swiss German, and Jewish (Ashkenazic): variant of Müller ‘miller’ (see Mueller ) and, in North America, also an altered form of this. This form of the surname is also found in other European countries, notably in Poland, Denmark, France (mainly Alsace and Lorraine), and Czechia; compare 3 below.
Americanized form of Polish, Czech, Croatian, Serbian, and Slovenian Miler ‘miller’, a surname of German origin.