Early Origins of the Mellette family
The surname Mellette was first found in Normandy
(French: Normandie), the former Duchy of Normandy
, where the family held a family seat
since ancient times.
Early History of the Mellette family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mellette research.Another 463 words (33 lines of text) covering the years 1415, 1511, 1809, 1810, 1810, 1813, 1630, 1706, 1740, 1814, 1768, 1776, 1749, 1800, 1830, 1907, 1878, 1841 and 1893 are included under the topic Early Mellette History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Mellette Spelling Variations
French surnames were subject to numerous alterations in spelling because of the various cultural groups that inhabited specific regions. Eventually, each region possessed its own local
dialect of the French language. The early development of the French language, however, was also influenced by other languages. For example, Old French was infused with Germanic words and sounds when barbarian tribes invaded and settled in France after the fall of the Roman Empire
. Middle French also borrowed heavily from the Italian language during the Renaissance
. As a result of these linguistic and cultural influences, the name Mellette is distinguished by a number of regional variations. The many spelling variations
of the name include Malo, Mallo, Malod, Mallod, Malot, Mallot, Malou, Mallou, Maloux, Malloux, Malon, Mallon, Malonne, Mallonne, Malée, Mallée, Mallee, Malet, Mallet, Malette, Mallette, Malouet and many more.
Early Notables of the Mellette family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family in this period was Alain Manesson Mallet (1630-1706), French cartographer and engineer; Pierre Victor Malouet (1740-1814), a French Baron
and politician, an administrator to the colonies (Santo Domingo, 1768-73... Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Mellette Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Mellette family to the New World and Oceana
France was active as a cultural leader in the early 16th century. One particular area in which they lead was the exploration of the New World. The explorers, like Jacques Cartier in 1534, led the way to North America. Champlain, in 1608, made the first of twenty voyages to France to attract settlers and brought the first migrant in 1617. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec, and the French Acadian presence in the Maritimes had reached 500. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The family name Mellette has made many distinguished contributions in France and New France to the world of science, culture, religion, and education. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Mellette were Pierre Malet, who arrived in Montreal in 1660; Marie and Pierre Mallet, who settled in Virginia in 1700; Jean Baptiste Mallet, who settled in Louisiana in 1719.