Mell History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

Early Origins of the Mell family

The surname Mell was first found in Somerset where Mells (St. Andrew), is a civil parish, in the union of Frome, in the hundred of Mells and Leigh. The parish dates back to pre- Domesday Book and was known as Milne in 942 derived from the Old English word "myln." [1] By the time of the Domesday Book the name place name had evolved to "Mulle" or "Mulne" which meant "several mills." At that time, it was part of the land of St Mary of Glastonbury and held land big enough for 20 ploughs. The mill was also operative. [2] In Suffolk, Mells is a hamlet in the parish of Wenshaston in the union and hundred of Blything. This hamlet has always been much smaller than the Somerset locale as in the early 19th century the Somerset village had 1,261 residents while the Suffolk hamlet had only 123.

Important Dates for the Mell family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mell research. Another 139 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1455, 1487, 1510, and 1600 are included under the topic Early Mell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Mell Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Mell, Mel, Melle, Mele and others.

Early Notables of the Mell family (pre 1700)

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Mell migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Mell Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Peter Mell, who arrived in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania in 1743 [3]
  • Melchior Mell, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1746 [3]
  • Michael Mell, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1750 [3]
  • Johann Henrich Mell, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1765 [3]
  • Martin Mell, who landed in Charles Town, South Carolina in 1782 [3]
Mell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Johannes Mell, who arrived in America in 1832 [3]
  • William Mell, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Mell (post 1700)

  • Randle Mell (b. 1951), American television and film actor
  • Richard F. "Dick" Mell (b. 1938), American politician
  • Deborah L. "Deb" Mell (b. 1968), American politician from Chicago
  • T. S. Mell, American politician, Mayor of Athens, Georgia, 1937 [4]
  • Richard F. Mell (b. 1938), American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1972 [4]
  • John M. Mell, American Democrat politician, Jeffersonian Candidate for Presidential Elector for Pennsylvania, 1896 [4]
  • Frank A. Mell, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Lisbon, 1934 [4]
  • Deborah Mell (b. 1968), American Democrat politician, Member of Illinois State House of Representatives 40th District, 2009-11 [4]
  • Stewart Albert Mell (b. 1957), English former footballer
  • Luísa Mell (b. 1978), Brazilian actress and former TV presenter
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  3. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 14) . Retrieved from
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