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The surname Melis is a name that was carried to England in the great wave of migration from Normandy following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Melis family lived in Melhuish in Devon. The surname Melis is a habitation name that was originally derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. The surname originated as a means of identifying individuals from a particular area. In the Middle Ages people often assumed the name of the place that they originally lived as their surname during the course of travel.

Melis Early Origins



The surname Melis was first found in Devon where they held a family seat from ancient times as Lords of the Manor of Melhuish in that shire, some say, well before the Norman Conquest of England in 1066 A.D. The original name of the village was Melewis. Conjecturally the family name is descended from Hugh of Rennes, holder of the village of Melhuish from Baldwin, Sheriff of Devon at the time of the taking of the Domesday Book Survey in 1086 A.D.

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Melis Spelling Variations


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Melis Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Mellish, Mellise, Melersh, Mellersh, Melluish, Melish, Mellersh, Mellis, Melliss, Meliss, Melles, Meles, Malis, Malise and many more.

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Melis Early History


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Melis Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Melis research. Another 130 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1350, 1527, and 1643 are included under the topic Early Melis History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Melis Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Melis Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Melis 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



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Melis Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Costantinos Melis, who landed in Texas in 1909
  • William Melis, aged 38, arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Pisco" from Cristobal, C.Z. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J67L-L49 : 6 December 2014), William Melis, 28 May 1919; citing departure port Cristobal, C.Z., arrival port New York, ship name Pisco, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • Giovanni Melis, aged 42, arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Georgia" from Gibraltar, Spain [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J67G-4J4 : 6 December 2014), Giovanni Melis, 31 May 1919; citing departure port Gibraltar, arrival port New York, ship name Georgia, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

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Contemporary Notables of the name Melis (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Melis (post 1700)



  • Louis E. Melis, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Maryland, 1912

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J67L-L49 : 6 December 2014), William Melis, 28 May 1919; citing departure port Cristobal, C.Z., arrival port New York, ship name Pisco, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  2. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J67G-4J4 : 6 December 2014), Giovanni Melis, 31 May 1919; citing departure port Gibraltar, arrival port New York, ship name Georgia, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

Other References

  1. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  2. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  3. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  4. 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).
  5. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  6. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  7. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  8. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  9. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  10. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
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The Melis Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Melis 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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