The Mellodew surname comes from the Welsh personal name
Meredydd or Maredudd. The Old Welsh
form of the name is Morgetiud; experts state that the first portion of this name may mean pomp or splendor, while the second portion is "udd," which means "lord."
Early Origins of the Mellodew family
The surname Mellodew was first found in Denbighshire
(Welsh: Sir Ddinbych), a historic county in Northeast Wales
created by the Laws in Wales
Act 1536, where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Mellodew family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mellodew research.Another 211 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1597, 1589, 1679, 1656, 1659, 1666, 1701, 1701, 1529, 1600, 1558 and 1559 are included under the topic Early Mellodew History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Mellodew Spelling Variations
Although there are not an extremely large number Welsh
surnames, there are an inordinately large number of spelling variations
of those surnames. This variety of spellings began almost immediately after the acceptance of surnames within Welsh
society. As time progressed, these old Brythonic names were eventually were recorded in English. This process was problematic in that many of the highly inflected sounds of the native language of Wales
could not be properly captured in English. Some families, however, did decide to modify their own names to indicate a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even a patriotic affiliation. The name Mellodew has seen various spelling variations: Meredith, Meradith, Meredeth, Meridith and others.
Early Notables of the Mellodew family (pre 1700)
Prominent amongst the family during the late Middle Ages was Richard Meredith (sometimes Meredyth) (died 1597), Church of Ireland
Bishop of Leighlin from 1589 until his death; Sir William Meredith, 1st Baronet
of Leeds Abbey, Kent; Sir Richard Meredith, 2nd Baronet
(died 1679), an English politician who sat in the... Another 49 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Mellodew Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Mellodew family to Ireland
Some of the Mellodew family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 51 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Mellodew family to the New World and Oceana
In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, many people from Wales
joined the general migration to North America in search of land, work, and freedom. These immigrants greatly contributed to the rapid development of the new nations of Canada and the United States. They also added a rich and lasting cultural heritage to their newly adopted societies. Investigation of immigration and passenger lists has revealed a number of people bearing the name Mellodew:
Mellodew Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- John Mellodew, aged 60, who arrived in America from M.Chester, in 1892
Mellodew Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Mrs. John T. Mellodew, aged 52, who arrived in America, in 1903
- Sarah Mellodew, aged 55, who arrived in Philadelphia, in 1906
- Sarah Ann Mellodew, aged 40, who arrived in America, in 1908
- Sarah Mellodew, aged 61, who arrived in Philadelphia, in 1912
- John Mellodew, aged 61, who arrived in America from Philadelphia, Pa., in 1912
Contemporary Notables of the name Mellodew (post 1700)
- Thomas Mellodew, English industrialist, founder of Thomas Mellodew & Sons, textile manufacturers in Greater Manchester
The Mellodew Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Heb Dduw heb ddim, a Duw a digon
Motto Translation: Without God there is nothing.