The Melledew surname comes from the Welsh personal name
Meredydd or Maredudd. The Old Welsh
form of the name is Morgetiud; experts state that the first portion of this name may mean pomp or splendor, while the second portion is "udd," which means "lord."
Early Origins of the Melledew family
The surname Melledew was first found in Denbighshire
(Welsh: Sir Ddinbych), a historic county in Northeast Wales
created by the Laws in Wales
Act 1536, where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Melledew family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Melledew research.Another 106 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1597, 1589, 1679, 1656, 1659, 1666, 1701, 1701, 1529, 1600, 1558 and 1559 are included under the topic Early Melledew History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Melledew Spelling Variations
surnames are relatively few in number, but they have an inordinately large number of spelling variations
. There are many factors that explain the preponderance of Welsh
variants, but the earliest is found during the Middle Ages when Welsh
surnames came into use. Scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, which often resulted in a single person's name being inconsistently recorded over his lifetime. The transliteration of Welsh
names into English also accounts for many of the spelling variations: the unique Brythonic Celtic
language of the Welsh
had many sounds the English language was incapable of accurately reproducing. It was also common for members of a same surname to change their names slightly, in order to signify a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations. For all of these reasons, the many spelling variations
of particular Welsh
names are very important. The surname Melledew has occasionally been spelled Meredith, Meradith, Meredeth, Meridith and others.
Early Notables of the Melledew family (pre 1700)
Prominent amongst the family during the late Middle Ages was Richard Meredith (sometimes Meredyth) (died 1597), Church of Ireland
Bishop of Leighlin from 1589 until his death; Sir William Meredith, 1st Baronet
of Leeds Abbey, Kent; Sir Richard Meredith, 2nd Baronet
(died 1679), an English politician who sat in the... Another 49 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Melledew Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Melledew family to Ireland
Some of the Melledew family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 31 words (2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Melledew family to the New World and Oceana
migration to North America in the late 19th and early 20th centuries contributed greatly to its rapid development. These migrants were in search of land, work, and freedom. Those Welsh
families that survived the long ocean journey were critical to the development of new industries and factories, and to the quick settlement of land. They also added to an ever-growing rich cultural heritage. A search of the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Melledew: Elizabeth Meredith who settled in New England
in 1654; Phillip Meredith who settled in Virginia in 1635; Robert Meredith who settled in Virginia in 1663.
The Melledew 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: Heb Dduw heb ddim, a Duw a digon
Motto Translation: Without God there is nothing.
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