The roots of the Anglo-Saxon
name Mellfith come from when the family resided in one of the various settlements called Milford in Derbyshire
, and the West Riding of Yorkshire
, or in the place called Long Melford in the county of Suffolk
. The surname Mellfith belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation
names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.
Early Origins of the Mellfith family
The surname Mellfith was first found in Yorkshire
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, as Lords of the manor of Milford, in the diocese of York. This did not appear in the Domesday Book
in 1080, and it must be assumed that the manor emerged about the 12th or 13th century.
Early History of the Mellfith family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mellfith research.Another 167 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1292, 1379, 1618, 1644, 1725 and 1704 are included under the topic Early Mellfith History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Mellfith Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations
are common among early Anglo-Saxon
names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Mellfith has been recorded under many different variations, including Milforde, Milford, Millford, Millforde, Melford and many more.
Early Notables of the Mellfith family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Samuel "Fish Hook" Mulford (1644–1725), an American who went to London in 1704 to protest the tax on whale oil, which he used in farming. Warned beforehand of the sly workings of pickpockets in... Another 39 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Mellfith Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Mellfith family to Ireland
Some of the Mellfith family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland
is included in all our PDF Extended History products
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Migration of the Mellfith family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England
made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Mellfith or a variant listed above: David Milford who settled in Annapolis Maryland in 1729; Sarah Milford settled in Virginia in 1653; Samuel and Elizabeth Milford settled in New York State in 1820.