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The surname Mellish is a name that was carried to England in the great wave of migration from Normandy following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Mellish family lived in Melhuish in Devon. The surname Mellish 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.

Mellish Early Origins



The surname Mellish 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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Mellish Spelling Variations


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Mellish 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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Mellish Early History


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Mellish Early History



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

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Mellish Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Mellish Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Mellish 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:

Mellish Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Mellish, who arrived in Virginia in 1713

Mellish Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • R Mellish, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851

Mellish Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Edward F. Mellish, aged 29, a carpenter, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Golden Sea" in 1874
  • Helen Mellish, aged 22, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Golden Sea" in 1874
  • William Thomas Mellish, aged 4, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Golden Sea" in 1874
  • Mary A. Mellish, aged 2, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Golden Sea" in 1874

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Contemporary Notables of the name Mellish (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Mellish (post 1700)



  • John Edward Mellish (1886-1970), American amateur astronomer and telescope builder, for whom a crater on Mars was named
  • Thomas Mellish (1773-1837), English amateur cricketer from Uxbridge, Middlesex who made 52 appearances
  • William Mellish (1764-1838), English Tory politician, Governor of the Bank of England from 1814 to 1816
  • Sir George Mellish (1814-1877), English barrister, judge of the Court of Appeal in Chancery, Member of the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council
  • Edward Noel Mellish (1880-1962), English army captain, recipient of the Victoria Cross
  • Edith Mary Mellish (1861-1922), New Zealand Anglican deaconess and nun
  • Frank Whitmore Mellish MC (1897-1965), South African rugby union footballer
  • Charles Mellish (1737-1797), British politician, Recorder of Newarke, Nottinghamshire from 1770 to 1777
  • Henry Morgan Saxon Mellish (1970-2007), Australian journalist killed aboard Garuda Indonesia Flight 200 on 7 March 2007
  • David B Mellish (1831-1874), American politician, United States Representative from New York (1873-1874)
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    2. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    3. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. 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. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    6. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    7. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    8. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    9. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
    10. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    11. ...

    The Mellish Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Mellish 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 July 2016 at 23:57.

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