Venice emerged a variety of distinguished names, including the notable surname Melillo. 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 Melillo 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 Melillo family
Early History of the Melillo family
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Melillo Spelling Variations
spelling variations in the name Melillo include Mele, Meleguli, Melediri, Melii, and Meli and others.
Early Notables of the Melillo family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Melillo family to the New World and Oceana
A look at the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Melillo:
Melillo Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Melillo Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
Contemporary Notables of the name Melillo (post 1700)
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