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The surname Mellis is a name that was carried to England in the great wave of migration from Normandy following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Mellis family lived in Melhuish in Devon. The surname Mellis is a habitation name that was originally derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. The surname originated as a means of identifying individuals from a particular area. In the Middle Ages people often assumed the name of the place that they originally lived as their surname during the course of travel.

Mellis Early Origins



The surname Mellis was first found in Devon where they held a family seat from ancient times as Lords of the Manor of Melhuish in that shire, some say, well before the Norman Conquest of England in 1066 A.D. The original name of the village was Melewis. Conjecturally the family name is descended from Hugh of Rennes, holder of the village of Melhuish from Baldwin, Sheriff of Devon at the time of the taking of the Domesday Book Survey in 1086 A.D.

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Mellis Spelling Variations


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Mellis Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Mellish, Mellise, Melersh, Mellersh, Melluish, Melish, Mellersh, Mellis, Melliss, Meliss, Melles, Meles, Malis, Malise and many more.

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Mellis Early History


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Mellis Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mellis research. Another 130 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1350, 1527, and 1643 are included under the topic Early Mellis History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Mellis Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Mellis Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Mellis Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Mellis Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • A Mellis, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1907

Mellis Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Alexander Mellis, aged 28, a blacksmith, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Helenslee" in 1864
  • Magdaline Mellis, aged 27, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Helenslee" in 1864
  • William Mellis, aged 3, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Helenslee" in 1864
  • Alexander Mellis, aged 1, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Helenslee" in 1864

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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
    2. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    3. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    4. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    5. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    6. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
    7. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    8. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    9. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
    10. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
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    The Mellis Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Mellis Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 21 February 2014 at 19:43.

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