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Multiple Origins for the Surname Mele


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From the ancient and picturesque Italian region of Venice emerged a variety of distinguished names, including the notable surname Mele. Although people were originally known only by a single name, it became necessary for people to adopt a second name to identify themselves as populations grew and travel became more frequent. The process of adopting fixed hereditary surnames was not complete until the modern era, but the use of hereditary family names in Italy began in the 10th and 11th centuries. Italian hereditary surnames were developed according to fairly general principles and they are characterized by a profusion of derivatives coined from given names. Although the most traditional type of family name found in the region of Venice is the patronymic surname, which is derived from the father's given name, local surnames are also found. Local names, which are the least frequent of the major types of surnames found in Italy, are derived from a place-name where the original bearer once resided or held land. Often Italian local surnames bore the prefix "di," which signifies emigration from one place to another, but does not necessarily denote nobility. The Mele family lived at Mele, a town in the district of Genoa in northern Italy. However, the name coul have been a nickname based on the Italian word miele, which literally means honey.

Mele Early Origins



The surname Mele was first found in Parma, one of the more prosperous cities at this early time. Research reveals that the Meli family lived in Parma during the early 1400's.

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Mele Spelling Variations


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Mele Spelling Variations



In comparison with other European surnames, Italian surnames have a surprising number of forms. They reflect the regional variations and the many dialects of the Italian language, each with its own distinctive features. For example, in Northern Italy the typical Italian surname suffix is "i", whereas in Southern Italy it is "o". Additionally, spelling changes frequently occurred because medieval scribes and church officials often spelled names as they sounded rather than according to any specific spelling rules. The spelling variations in the name Mele include Mele, Meleguli, Melediri, Melii, and Meli and others.

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Mele Early History


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Mele Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mele research. More information is included under the topic Early Mele History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Mele Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Mele Early Notables (pre 1700)



Prominent among members of the family was Father Giovanni-Antonio Meli, an Agostinian monk who lived during the early 14th century. He was a respected intellectual, teacher, and author in Crema and Paris. Giovanni Melediri, a professor at the University of Bologna in 1579. A small town exists...

Another 46 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Mele 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



A look at the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Mele:

Mele Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Angela Mele, aged 26, who landed in America from Tontto, in 1899

Mele Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Alfonso Mele, aged 28, who emigrated to the United States from Forino, in 1901
  • Aniello Mele, aged 30, who emigrated to the United States from Naples, in 1902
  • Aniello Mele, aged 18, who settled in America from Torino, in 1904
  • Amelia Mele, aged 38, who landed in America from Napoli, Napoli, in 1906
  • Alessandro Mele, aged 31, who settled in America from Minturino, in 1907
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Mele (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Mele (post 1700)



  • Sabath Anthony "Sam" Mele (1922-2017), American Major League Baseball right fielder, manager, coach and scout
  • Vincenzo Seraphino "Vinnie" Mele (b. 1977), American singer, actor, composer and instrumentalist
  • Alfred Remen Mele (b. 1951), American philosopher
  • Pasquale E. Mele, American Republican politician, Candidate for borough President of Bronx, New York, 1945; Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1960, 1972 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 14) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • John A. Mele, American politician, First Selectman of Wethersfield, Connecticut, 1954-56 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 14) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 14) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html

Other References

  1. Colletta, John P. Finding Italian Roots The Complete Guide for Americans. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2003. Print.
  2. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
  3. Guelfi Camajani, Piero. Dizionario Araldico 1940 Reprint Arnoaldo Forni. Milan: 1978. Print.
  4. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  5. Di Crollalanza, Goffredo. Enciclopedia araldico cavalleresca Prontuario nobiliare. Pisa: Presso La Direzione Del Giorale Araldica , 1878. Print.
  6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  7. Stiens, Robert E. Passenger list Italy to New York 1893 In Italian Genealogist. Torrance, CA: Augustan Society No 3, 1983. Print.
  8. Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani. Rome Istituto della Enciclopedia Italiana 56 volumesr. Print.
  9. Di Crollalanza, G.B. Dizionario Storico-Blasonico Delle Famiglie Nobili e Notabili Italiane 3 volumes. Pisa. Print.
  10. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
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The Mele Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Mele 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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