Of ancient origins, ‘Mills’ was popularised in the wake of the Norman Conquest of England in 1066, although it was present here from much earlier times.
Bearers of the name have achieved fame and distinction through endeavours ranging from astronomy to sport, while it is also the name of a famous British acting dynasty.
In the world of business, Percy Herbert Mills was the British industrialist and public servant described as “one of the most politically influential industrialists of all time”; elevated to the peerage as Viscount Mills, he held the important post of Controller-General of Machine Tools at the Ministry of Supply during the Second World War.
In the world of music Alan Mills, born in 1913, was the Canadian folk singer best known for composing the classic folk song I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly.
The colourful lives and times of proud bearers of the Mills name are recounted here.