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

In ancient Anglo-Saxon England, the ancestors of the Mellencamp surname lived in the settlement of Millichope in the county of Shropshire. The surname Mellencamp belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.

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It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Mellencamp are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Mellencamp include: Millichamp, Millichap, Millenchop, Millcamp, Mellcamp, Mellencamp, Millcomp, Milcamp, Milcomp, Millicamp, Millicomp, Millichope and many more.

First found in Shropshire where the surname is associated with the village of Millichope. The village of Millichope, a Norman spelling of the Anglo-Saxon Melicope, was held in 1086 by Helgot from Earl Roger, a companion of King William.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mellencamp research. Another 218 words(16 lines of text) covering the years 1199, 1255, and 1622 are included under the topic Early Mellencamp History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Some of the Mellencamp family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 109 words(8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Mellencamp or a variant listed above: Ann Milcomp, and her daughter Jane, settled in Pennsylvania in 1682; Richard Millechamp settled in Georgia in 1734; Timothy Millechamp settled in South Carolina in 1732.

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  • John Cougar Mellencamp (b. 1951), American singer and songwriter


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The Mellencamp Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Mellencamp Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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