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Where did the English Mellas family come from? What is the English Mellas family crest and coat of arms? When did the Mellas family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Mellas family history?

The surname Mellas is a name that was carried to England in the great wave of migration from Normandy following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Mellas family lived in Melhuish in Devon. The surname Mellas is a habitation name that was originally derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. The surname originated as a means of identifying individuals from a particular area. In the Middle Ages people often assumed the name of the place that they originally lived as their surname during the course of travel.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Mellish, Mellise, Melersh, Mellersh, Melluish, Melish, Mellersh, Mellis, Melliss, Meliss, Melles, Meles, Malis, Malise and many more.

First found in Devon where they held a family seat from ancient times as Lords of the Manor of Melhuish in that shire, some say, well before the Norman Conquest of England in 1066 A.D. The original name of the village was Melewis. Conjecturally the family name is descended from Hugh of Rennes, holder of the village of Melhuish from Baldwin, Sheriff of Devon at the time of the taking of the Domesday Book Survey in 1086 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mellas research. Another 130 words(9 lines of text) covering the years 1350, 1527, and 1643 are included under the topic Early Mellas History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Mellas Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Aron Melish who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1716; Andrew Meliss landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1811; John and Frederick Mellish settled in New Castle County, Del. in 1854.

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