Melander History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Irish surnames are all based on the Gaelic language native to Ireland. The original Gaelic form of the name Melander is O Meallain, which is derived from the word meall, which means pleasant.

Early Origins of the Melander family

The surname Melander was first found in County Tyrone (Irish:Tír Eoghain), the ancient territory of the O'Neills, now in the Province of Ulster, central Northern Ireland, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Important Dates for the Melander family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Melander research. Another 80 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Melander History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Melander Spelling Variations

Irish names were rarely spelled consistently in the Middle Ages. Spelling variations of the name Melander dating from that time include Mallon, O'Mallon, O'Malin, O'Mellan, Malin, Mellan and many more.

Early Notables of the Melander family (pre 1700)

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Melander migration to the United States

The 19th century saw a great wave of Irish families leaving Ireland for the distant shores of North America and Australia. These families often left their homeland hungry, penniless, and destitute do to the policies of England. Those Irish immigrants that survived the long sea passage initially settled on the eastern seaboard of the continent. Some, however, moved north to a then infant Canada as United Empire Loyalists after ironically serving with the English in the American War of Independence. Others that remained in America later joined the westward migration in search of land. The greatest influx of Irish immigrants, though, came to North America during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. Thousands left Ireland at this time for North America, and those who arrived were immediately put to work building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. In fact, the foundations of today's powerful nations of the United Sates and Canada were to a larger degree built by the Irish. Archival documents indicate that members of the Melander family relocated to North American shores quite early:

Melander Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • H G Melander, who landed in New York in 1839 [1]
  • Gustaf Johansson Melander, aged 33, who arrived in America in 1854 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Melander (post 1700)

  • Julian V. Melander, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at Willmar, Minnesota, 1963-83 (acting, 1963) [2]
  • Major-General Lars Rafael Melander (1896-1962), Finnish General Officer Commanding Southwest Finland Military District (1944-1945) [3]

Citations

  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 14) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  3. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, October 5) Lars Melander. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Melander/Lars_Rafael/Finland.html
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