The name Melet was carried to England
in the enormous movement of people that followed the Norman Conquest
of 1066. It comes from the given name Malle,
which is an Old English diminutive of Mary.
The name Mary was originally, a Hebrew personal name
meaning wished for child. The name Melet is also derived from the given name Malo,
a popular form of the name of Saint Maclovius, the 6th century Welsh
monk who gave his name to the church of Saint Maclou in Rouen. Personal names derived from the names of saints, apostles, biblical figures, and missionaries are widespread in most European countries. In the Middle Ages, they became increasingly popular because people believed that the souls of the deceased continued to be involved in this world. They named their children after saints in the hope that the child would be blessed or protected by the saint.
Early Origins of the Melet family
The surname Melet was first found in Suffolk
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor of Cidestan. William, Lord Malet of Greville was one of the greatest landowners in England
, having 221 manors in Suffolk
alone. He was ancestor of the Mallets of Somerset
, and Cornwall
, and those now resident in Jersey. William Mallet was descended from Gerard, a Viking prince and companion of Rollo, the first Duke of Normandy
, about 950. They held the castle of Graville near Havre. Maternally, William Mallet was a Saxon, descended from the Earls of Mercia, and more distantly related to Morcar and Edwin, Earls of Northumberland
. William Mallet was at the Battle of Hastings, and was instructed by William the Conqueror to take care of the slain King Harold's body. CITATION[CLOSE]
Burke, John Bernard, The Roll of Battle Abbey. London: Edward Churton, 26, Holles Street, 1848, Print.
In 1068, he proceeded north with William and led in the reduction of the cities of Nottingham
Early History of the Melet family
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Melet Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. When the Normans
became the ruling people of England
in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Mallet, Mallett, Mallit, Mallitt, Malott, Mallot and many more.
Early Notables of the Melet family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir Thomas Malet (1582-1665) was an English judge and politician from Poyntington, Somerset, Solicitor General to Queen Henrietta Maria, imprisoned in the Tower of... Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Melet Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Melet family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England
. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Melet or a variant listed above were:
Melet Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Indeeght Melet, who arrived in Maryland in 1669 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
Melet Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Franz Melet, aged 24, who landed in Quebec in 1868
The Melet Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Ma force d'en haut
Motto Translation: My strength is from above.