Origins Available: Irish
Irish surnames are all based on the Gaelic language native to Ireland
. The original Gaelic form of the name Mellend is O Meallain, which is derived from the word meall, which means pleasant.
Early Origins of the Mellend family
The surname Mellend was first found in County Tyrone
(Irish:Tír Eoghain), the ancient territory of the O'Neills, now in the Province of Ulster
, central Northern Ireland
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Mellend family
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Mellend Spelling Variations
Many spelling variations
of the surname Mellend can be found in the archives. One reason for these variations is that ancient scribes and church officials recorded names as they were pronounced, often resulting in a single person being recorded under several different spellings. The different spellings that were found include Mallon, O'Mallon, O'Malin, O'Mellan, Malin, Mellan and many more.
Early Notables of the Mellend family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Mellend family to the New World and Oceana
A great mass of Ireland's native population left the island in the 19th century, seeking relief from various forms of social, religious, and economic discrimination. This Irish exodus was primarily to North America. If the migrants survived the long ocean journey, many unfortunately would find more discrimination in the colonies of British North America and the fledgling United States of America. These newly arrived Irish were, however, wanted as a cheap source of labor for the many large agricultural and industrial projects that were essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest nations in the western world. Early immigration and passenger lists indicate many people bearing the Mellend name: Edward, James, Patrick, William Malin, who all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860; Michael, and Richard Mallen arrived in Philadelphia in 1834.