Melanson History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Melanson family

The surname Melanson was first found in Aberdeenshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Obar Dheathain), a historic county, and present day Council Area of Aberdeen, located in the Grampian region of northeastern Scotland where one of the first records of the name was Thomas Malisone in 1445. [1] John Malynessone was listed in Yorkshire in 1317. [2] The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 listed: Robertas Malyn; Johannes Malynson; and Richard Malynson. [3]

Early History of the Melanson family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Melanson research. Another 86 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1427, 1445 and 1447 are included under the topic Early Melanson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Melanson Spelling Variations

Although the name, Melanson, appeared in many references, from time to time, the surname was shown with the spellings Mallison, Mallinson, Malison, Mallyson, Mallynson, Mallisson, Mallenson, Mellenson, Mellanson and many more.

Early Notables of the Melanson family (pre 1700)

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United States Melanson migration to the United States +

Gradually becoming disenchanted with life in Ireland many of these uprooted families sailed aboard the armada of sailing ships known as the "White Sails" which plied the stormy Atlantic. These overcrowded ships often arrived with only 60 to 70% of their original passenger list, many dying of cholera, typhoid, dysentery or small pox. In North America, some of the first immigrants who could be considered kinsmen of the Melanson family name Melanson, or who bore a variation of the surname were

Melanson Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Widow Melanson, who arrived in Connecticut in 1763 [4]
  • Alexandre Melanson, who landed in Maryland in 1763 [4]
  • Anne Melanson, who arrived in Maryland in 1763 [4]
  • Charles Melanson, who landed in Maryland in 1763 [4]
  • Elizabeth Melanson, who arrived in Maryland in 1763 [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Melanson migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Melanson Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • Charles Melanson was a settler in Quebec in 1643
  • Marie Melanson, Acadian, married in Port Royal, Nova Scotia in 1671
  • Charles Melanson was a farmer in Port Royal, Nova Scotia in 1671
  • Ambroise Melanson lived in Port Royal in 1686
Melanson Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Pierre Melanson lived in Pizquid, Nova Scotia in 1755
  • Jean Melanson, who arrived in Quebec in 1766-1767

Contemporary Notables of the name Melanson (post 1700) +

  • Philip H Melanson (1945-2006), American Chancellor Professor of Political Science at University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
  • Dorothy Melanson, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Maine, 1996, 2000, 2004; Presidential Elector for Maine, 2000; Member of Democratic National Committee from Maine, 2004 [5]
  • Amédée Raymond Melanson (1882-1930), Canadian physician and politician, MLA for Yarmouth County, Nova Scotia (1920-1925)
  • Roger Melanson, Canadian politician, Member of the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick (2010-), Chair of the Liberal caucus (2010-)
  • Olivier-Maximin Melanson (1854-1926), Acadian businessman and politician, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick (1916-1917)
  • Monsignor Louis-Joseph-Arthur Melanson (1879-1941), Canadian priest, first Archbishop of Moncton, New Brunswick (1936-1941)
  • Roland Joseph "Rollie" Melanson (b. 1960), Canadian former NHL goaltender, current goaltender coach for the Vancouver Canucks, winner of three consecutives Stanley Cups
  • Dean Melanson (b. 1973), Canadian former NHL hockey player who played from 1993 to 2008
  • Laurier Melanson, Canadian novelist in Montreal

Halifax Explosion
  • Mrs. Matilda  Melanson (1896-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [6]

  1. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  4. ^ 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)
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 14) . Retrieved from
  6. ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from on Facebook
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