Mellish History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

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.

Early Origins of the Mellish family

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.

Important Dates for the Mellish family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mellish research. Another 69 words (5 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.

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.

Early Notables of the Mellish family (pre 1700)

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Mellish migration to the United States

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 [1]
Mellish Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • R Mellish, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [1]

Mellish migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Mellish Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Edward F. Mellish, aged 29, a carpenter, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Golden Sea" in 1874
  • Helen Mellish, aged 22, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Golden Sea" in 1874
  • William Thomas Mellish, aged 4, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Golden Sea" in 1874
  • Mary A. Mellish, aged 2, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Golden Sea" in 1874

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

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
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