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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.

Melander Early Origins



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.

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Melander Spelling Variations


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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.

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Melander Early History


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Melander Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Melander research. Another 397 words (28 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Melander History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Melander Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Melander Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Melander Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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
  • Gustaf Johansson Melander, aged 33, arrived in America in 1854

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Contemporary Notables of the name Melander (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Melander (post 1700)



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

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Melander Family Crest Products


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    2. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    3. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    4. Land Owners in Ireland. Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1203-3).
    5. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    6. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    7. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
    8. MacLysaght, Edward. Mores Irish Familes. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-0126-0).
    9. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    10. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    11. ...

    The Melander Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Melander 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.

    This page was last modified on 14 January 2016 at 09:49.

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