Show ContentsMele History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the Mele family

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.

Early History of the Mele family

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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.

Early Notables of the Mele family (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...
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Mele Ranking

In the United States, the name Mele is the 8,905th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1] However, in France, the name Mele is ranked the 6,342nd most popular surname with an estimated 1,000 - 1,500 people with that name. [2]

United States Mele migration to the United States +

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 immigrated to the United States from Forino, in 1901
  • Aniello Mele, aged 30, who immigrated 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
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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 [3]
  • John A. Mele, American politician, First Selectman of Wethersfield, Connecticut, 1954-56 [3]

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