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Miller, a North American family name of Swiss origin, is the most common family name in the [[Mennonite Church (MC)|Mennonite Church (MC)]] and in the Old Order [[Amish|Amish]] and Conservative and related Amish groups. As of 1957 the name was completely missing from the lists of ordained men in all other Mennonite groups in [[North America|North America]], except for three in the General Conference Mennonite Church. In 1956, among Old Order Amish ordained men, 131 bore the name Miller, 63 in Ohio and 37 in [[Indiana (USA)|Indiana]]. In the other Amish groups 28 more ordained men were Millers. In the Mennonite Church (MC) there were 93 ordained men bearing this name, six of these in Indiana and eleven in [[Pennsylvania (USA)|Pennsylvania]]. Miller is generally considered a midwestern Amish name. Very few families of Millers descend from the early Mennonites in colonial Pennsylvania, although Jacob Miller, who came to North America in 1710, was one of the first Mennonite settlers to arrive in [[Lancaster County (Pennsylvania, USA)|Lancaster County]] from Switzerland. Among prominent church leaders with this name are Moses B. Miller (1819-1902), bishop in the [[Johnstown (Pennsylvania, USA)|Johnstown]] (Pennsylvania, USA) district from 1848; [[Miller, Noah E. (1880-1930)|Noah E. Miller]] (1880-1930), bishop in Springs, PA from 1921; [[Miller, Daniel D. (1864-1955)|D. D. Miller (1864-1955)]], bishop near [[Middlebury (Indiana, USA)|Middlebury, IN]] from 1906; [[Miller, Jonas B. (1870-1952)|Jonas B. Miller]] (1870-1952) an influential Conservative minister in Grantsville, MD from 1897; [[Miller, Moses J. (1811-1897)|Moses J. Miller (1811-97)]] an influential Old Order Amish bishop in [[Holmes County (Ohio, USA)|Holmes County]], [[Ohio (State)|Ohio]], from 1847. Other well-known workers of this family in the Mennonite Church have been [[Miller, Orie O. (1892-1977)|O. O. Miller]] of [[Akron (Pennsylvania, USA)|Akron, PA]], son of D. D. Miller and long-time executive secretary of the [[Mennonite Central Committee (International)|Mennonite Central Committee]]; [[Miller, Ernest E. (1893-1975)|Ernest E. Miller]] of [[Goshen (Indiana, USA)|Goshen]], IN, missionary to [[India|India]] and president of [[Goshen College (Goshen, Indiana, USA)|Goshen College]] 1940-54 was also a son of D. D. Miller; Paul M. Miller, bishop and professor in the [[Goshen Biblical Seminary (Goshen, Indiana, USA)|Goshen College Biblical Seminary]]; D.D. Miller, bishop in Berlin, Ohio; Ira E. Miller, minister and dean of [[Eastern Mennonite University (Harrisonburg, Virginia, USA)|Eastern Mennonite College]] in Harrisonburg, VA; Paul R. Miller, bishop in [[Walnut Creek Mennonite Church (Walnut Creek, Ohio, USA)|Walnut Creek]], Ohio; Ivan J. Miller, Conservative bishop in Grantsville, MD.
 
Miller, a North American family name of Swiss origin, is the most common family name in the [[Mennonite Church (MC)|Mennonite Church (MC)]] and in the Old Order [[Amish|Amish]] and Conservative and related Amish groups. As of 1957 the name was completely missing from the lists of ordained men in all other Mennonite groups in [[North America|North America]], except for three in the General Conference Mennonite Church. In 1956, among Old Order Amish ordained men, 131 bore the name Miller, 63 in Ohio and 37 in [[Indiana (USA)|Indiana]]. In the other Amish groups 28 more ordained men were Millers. In the Mennonite Church (MC) there were 93 ordained men bearing this name, six of these in Indiana and eleven in [[Pennsylvania (USA)|Pennsylvania]]. Miller is generally considered a midwestern Amish name. Very few families of Millers descend from the early Mennonites in colonial Pennsylvania, although Jacob Miller, who came to North America in 1710, was one of the first Mennonite settlers to arrive in [[Lancaster County (Pennsylvania, USA)|Lancaster County]] from Switzerland. Among prominent church leaders with this name are Moses B. Miller (1819-1902), bishop in the [[Johnstown (Pennsylvania, USA)|Johnstown]] (Pennsylvania, USA) district from 1848; [[Miller, Noah E. (1880-1930)|Noah E. Miller]] (1880-1930), bishop in Springs, PA from 1921; [[Miller, Daniel D. (1864-1955)|D. D. Miller (1864-1955)]], bishop near [[Middlebury (Indiana, USA)|Middlebury, IN]] from 1906; [[Miller, Jonas B. (1870-1952)|Jonas B. Miller]] (1870-1952) an influential Conservative minister in Grantsville, MD from 1897; [[Miller, Moses J. (1811-1897)|Moses J. Miller (1811-97)]] an influential Old Order Amish bishop in [[Holmes County (Ohio, USA)|Holmes County]], [[Ohio (State)|Ohio]], from 1847. Other well-known workers of this family in the Mennonite Church have been [[Miller, Orie O. (1892-1977)|O. O. Miller]] of [[Akron (Pennsylvania, USA)|Akron, PA]], son of D. D. Miller and long-time executive secretary of the [[Mennonite Central Committee (International)|Mennonite Central Committee]]; [[Miller, Ernest E. (1893-1975)|Ernest E. Miller]] of [[Goshen (Indiana, USA)|Goshen]], IN, missionary to [[India|India]] and president of [[Goshen College (Goshen, Indiana, USA)|Goshen College]] 1940-54 was also a son of D. D. Miller; Paul M. Miller, bishop and professor in the [[Goshen Biblical Seminary (Goshen, Indiana, USA)|Goshen College Biblical Seminary]]; D.D. Miller, bishop in Berlin, Ohio; Ira E. Miller, minister and dean of [[Eastern Mennonite University (Harrisonburg, Virginia, USA)|Eastern Mennonite College]] in Harrisonburg, VA; Paul R. Miller, bishop in [[Walnut Creek Mennonite Church (Walnut Creek, Ohio, USA)|Walnut Creek]], Ohio; Ivan J. Miller, Conservative bishop in Grantsville, MD.
 
 
 
= Bibliography =
 
= Bibliography =
 
See also [[Müller (Muller, Miller) family|Müller]], for the European history of the family.
 
See also [[Müller (Muller, Miller) family|Müller]], for the European history of the family.
  
 
Eight Miller genealogies, mostly of Amish families, are listed in <em>Mennonite Encylcopedia</em>, "Genealogies."
 
Eight Miller genealogies, mostly of Amish families, are listed in <em>Mennonite Encylcopedia</em>, "Genealogies."
 
 
 
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Miller, a North American family name of Swiss origin, is the most common family name in the Mennonite Church (MC) and in the Old Order Amish and Conservative and related Amish groups. As of 1957 the name was completely missing from the lists of ordained men in all other Mennonite groups in North America, except for three in the General Conference Mennonite Church. In 1956, among Old Order Amish ordained men, 131 bore the name Miller, 63 in Ohio and 37 in Indiana. In the other Amish groups 28 more ordained men were Millers. In the Mennonite Church (MC) there were 93 ordained men bearing this name, six of these in Indiana and eleven in Pennsylvania. Miller is generally considered a midwestern Amish name. Very few families of Millers descend from the early Mennonites in colonial Pennsylvania, although Jacob Miller, who came to North America in 1710, was one of the first Mennonite settlers to arrive in Lancaster County from Switzerland. Among prominent church leaders with this name are Moses B. Miller (1819-1902), bishop in the Johnstown (Pennsylvania, USA) district from 1848; Noah E. Miller (1880-1930), bishop in Springs, PA from 1921; D. D. Miller (1864-1955), bishop near Middlebury, IN from 1906; Jonas B. Miller (1870-1952) an influential Conservative minister in Grantsville, MD from 1897; Moses J. Miller (1811-97) an influential Old Order Amish bishop in Holmes County, Ohio, from 1847. Other well-known workers of this family in the Mennonite Church have been O. O. Miller of Akron, PA, son of D. D. Miller and long-time executive secretary of the Mennonite Central Committee; Ernest E. Miller of Goshen, IN, missionary to India and president of Goshen College 1940-54 was also a son of D. D. Miller; Paul M. Miller, bishop and professor in the Goshen College Biblical Seminary; D.D. Miller, bishop in Berlin, Ohio; Ira E. Miller, minister and dean of Eastern Mennonite College in Harrisonburg, VA; Paul R. Miller, bishop in Walnut Creek, Ohio; Ivan J. Miller, Conservative bishop in Grantsville, MD.

Bibliography

See also Müller, for the European history of the family.

Eight Miller genealogies, mostly of Amish families, are listed in Mennonite Encylcopedia, "Genealogies."


Author(s) Harold S Bender
Date Published 1957


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Bender, Harold S. "Miller family." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1957. Web. 10 Jul 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Miller_family&oldid=89976.

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Bender, Harold S. (1957). Miller family. Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 10 July 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Miller_family&oldid=89976.




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