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.
Early Origins of the Mellis family
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
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.
Early History of the Mellis family
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Mellis Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Mellish, Mellise, Melersh, Mellersh, Melluish, Melish, Mellersh, Mellis, Melliss, Meliss, Melles, Meles, Malis, Malise and many more.
Early Notables of the Mellis family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Mellis family to the New World and Oceana
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