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.
Early Origins of the Melis family
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
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.
Early History of the Melis family
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Melis Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Mellish, Mellise, Melersh, Mellersh, Melluish, Melish, Mellersh, Mellis, Melliss, Meliss, Melles, Meles, Malis, Malise and many more.
Early Notables of the Melis family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Melis family to the New World and Oceana
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 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)
- William Melis, aged 38, who arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Pisco" from Cristobal, C.Z. 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, who arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Georgia" from Gibraltar, Spain 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.).
Contemporary Notables of the name Melis (post 1700)
- Louis E. Melis, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Maryland, 1912 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 14) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html