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This interesting surname is of Anglo-Saxon origin, and is from an occupational name for a miller. The word itself represents the Northern Middle English term, an agent derivative of "mille, milne", a mill, from the Olde English pre 7th Century "mylen(e)", originally from the Latin "molina", a derivative of "molere", to grind; the word was reinforced by the cognate Old Norse "mylnari". Job-descriptive surnames originally denoted the actual occupation of the namebearer, and later became hereditary. This form of the surname is unusual in that it retained the "-n-" of the original Middle English and Olde English words, unlike the more popular form Miller, which lost the "-n-" over the centuries...

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