The vast movement of people that followed the Norman Conquest
in 1066 brought the Melett family name to the British Isles. Melett 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 Melett 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 Melett family
The surname Melett 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 Melett family
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Melett Spelling Variations
Endless spelling variations
are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Mallet, Mallett, Mallit, Mallitt, Malott, Mallot and many more.
Early Notables of the Melett 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 Melett Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Melett family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the political and religious persecution within England
at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Melett or a variant listed above: John Mallet who settled in Barbados in 1670; Estienne Mallet settled in Virginia in 1714; Jean Mallet settled in Louisiana in 1719; William Mallett settled in Virginia in 1635.
The Melett 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.