The name Mellet was brought to England
in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. It comes from the given name Malle,
which is an Old English diminutive of Mary.
The name Mary was originally, a Hebrew personal name
meaning wished for child. The name Mellet is also derived from the given name Malo,
a popular form of the name of Saint Maclovius, the 6th century Welsh
monk who gave his name to the church of Saint Maclou in Rouen. Personal names derived from the names of saints, apostles, biblical figures, and missionaries are widespread in most European countries. In the Middle Ages, they became increasingly popular because people believed that the souls of the deceased continued to be involved in this world. They named their children after saints in the hope that the child would be blessed or protected by the saint.
Early Origins of the Mellet family
The surname Mellet was first found in Suffolk
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor of Cidestan. William, Lord Malet of Greville was one of the greatest landowners in England
, having 221 manors in Suffolk
alone. He was ancestor of the Mallets of Somerset
, and Cornwall
, and those now resident in Jersey. William Mallet was descended from Gerard, a Viking prince and companion of Rollo, the first Duke of Normandy
, about 950. They held the castle of Graville near Havre. Maternally, William Mallet was a Saxon, descended from the Earls of Mercia, and more distantly related to Morcar and Edwin, Earls of Northumberland
. William Mallet was at the Battle of Hastings, and was instructed by William the Conqueror to take care of the slain King Harold's body. CITATION[CLOSE]
Burke, John Bernard, The Roll of Battle Abbey. London: Edward Churton, 26, Holles Street, 1848, Print.
In 1068, he proceeded north with William and led in the reduction of the cities of Nottingham
Early History of the Mellet family
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Mellet Spelling Variations
A multitude of spelling variations
characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England
also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Mallet, Mallett, Mallit, Mallitt, Malott, Mallot and many more.
Early Notables of the Mellet family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir Thomas Malet (1582-1665) was an English judge and politician from Poyntington, Somerset, Solicitor General to Queen Henrietta Maria, imprisoned in the Tower of... Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Mellet Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Mellet family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families left England
, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Mellet or a variant listed above: John Mallet who settled in Barbados in 1670; Estienne Mallet settled in Virginia in 1714; Jean Mallet settled in Louisiana in 1719; William Mallett settled in Virginia in 1635.
Contemporary Notables of the name Mellet (post 1700)
- Charles Marc Louis de Mellet, French Brigadier General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 CITATION[CLOSE]
Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, April 29) Charles Mellet. Retrieved from http://www.napoleon-series.org/research/c_frenchgenerals.html
The Mellet 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: Ma force d'en haut
Motto Translation: My strength is from above.