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From the ancient and picturesque Italian region of Venice emerged a variety of distinguished names, including the notable surname Meli. 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 Meli 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.

Meli Early Origins



The surname Meli 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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Meli Spelling Variations


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Meli 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 Meli include Mele, Meleguli, Melediri, Melii, and Meli and others.

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Meli Early History


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Meli Early History



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

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Meli Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Meli 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 Meli 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 Meli:

Meli Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Anangela Meli, aged 64, who landed in America from Palumo, in 1899

Meli Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Agnesa Meli, aged 16, who emigrated to America from Valledolino, Italy, in 1906
  • Alfonso Meli, aged 34, who emigrated to the United States from Aragana, in 1907
  • Alessandro Meli, aged 30, who landed in America from Monastardo, Italy, in 1909
  • Angelo Meli, aged 39, who landed in America from Termini, Palermo, in 1909
  • Angelo Raff Meli, aged 18, who emigrated to the United States from Roccella, Italy, in 1911
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Meli (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Meli (post 1700)



  • Thomas E. Meli, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Mayor of Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey, 2007
  • Paul Meli, American Republican politician, Candidate for Mayor of Glen Cove, New York, 2009
  • Giovanni Meli (1740-1815), Sicilian poet
  • Francis Meli (b. 1979), New Zealand rugby league player

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Guelfi Camajani, Piero. Dizionario Araldico 1940 Reprint Arnoaldo Forni. Milan: 1978. Print.
    2. Bascapè, Giacomo and Marcello del Piazzo. Insegne e Simboli Araldica pubblica e privata medievale e moderna. Rome: 1983. Print.
    3. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
    4. Colletta, John P. Finding Italian Roots The Complete Guide for Americans. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2003. Print.
    5. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
    6. Glazier, Ira A. and P. Williams Filby Edition. Italians to America. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield. Print.
    7. Gheno, Antonio. Contributo alla Bibliografia Genealogica Italiana. Bologna: Forni, 1924. Print.
    8. Bongioanni, Angelo. Nomi e Cognomi. Saggio di Ricerche Etimologiche e Storiche. Torino: A. Forni, 1979. Print.
    9. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. 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).
    11. ...

    The Meli Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Meli 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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