When James Campbell Miller was born on 18 December 1884, in Westfield, Marquette, Wisconsin, United States, his father, August F Miller, was 24 and his mother, Mary Sans Campbell, was 22. He married Ida Alvina Marquardt on 20 February 1913, in Wisconsin, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 1 daughter. He lived in Springfield, Marquette, Wisconsin, United States for about 5 years. He died on 24 February 1981, in Madison, Dane, Wisconsin, United States, at the age of 96.
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.