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The distinguished surname Mellor emerged among the industrious people of Flanders, which was an important trading partner and political ally of Britain during the Middle Ages. As a result of the frequent commercial intercourse between the Flemish and English nations, many Flemish migrants settled in Britain. In early times, people were known by only a single name. However, as the population grew and people traveled further afield, it became increasingly necessary to assume an additional name to differentiate between bearers of the same personal name. The manner in which hereditary surnames arose is interesting. Local surnames are derived from where the original bearer lived, was born, or held land. Flemish surnames of this type frequently are prefixed by de la or de le, which mean of the or from the. The Mellor family originally lived in the settlement of Mellor in the county of Lancashire. The surname Mellor belongs to the category of habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.
Flemish surnames are characterized by a large number of spelling variations. One reason for this is that medieval English lacked definite spelling rules. The spellings of surnames were also influenced by the official court languages, which were French and Latin. Names were rarely spelled consistently in medieval times. Scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to specific spelling rules, and people often had their names registered in several different forms throughout their lives. One of the greatest reasons for change is the linguistic uniqueness of the Flemish settlers in England, who spoke a language closely related to Dutch. The pronunciation and spelling of Flemish names were often altered to suit the tastes of English-speaking people. In many cases, the first, final, or middle syllables of surnames were eliminated. The name has been spelled Mellers, Mellors, Meller, Mellor, Melliar and others.
First found in Dorset where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mellor research. Another 141 words (10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Mellor History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Mellor Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
In the immigration and passenger lists a number of early immigrants bearing the name Mellor were found:
Mellor Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- John Mellor, who landed in Maryland in 1664
Mellor Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Levi Mellor, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1838
- Edmund, George, Henry, John, Joseph, Thomas, and William Mellor, who all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860
- Thomas Mellor, who landed in America in 1889
- James Mellor, who landed in America in 1891
Mellor Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Delia Mellor, aged 20, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Fairlee" in 1840
- Joseph Mellor, aged 30, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Fairlee" in 1840
- Mary Mellor, aged 22, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Fairlee" in 1840
- Thomas Mellor, aged 49, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Fairlee" in 1840
- Henry Mellor, English convict from Staffordshire, who was transported aboard the "Anson" on September 23, 1843, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
Mellor Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- James Mellor, aged 28, a smith, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Birman" in 1842
- Mary Mellor, aged 24, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Birman" in 1842
- Mary Ellen Mellor, aged 11 months, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Birman" in 1842
- Richard J. Mellor, aged 22, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bebington" in 1872
- Timothy Mellor, aged 32, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Waipa" in 1876
- William C. Mellor A.S.C. (1903-1963), American cinematographer
- Mr. Arthur Mellor (d. 1912), aged 34, English Saloon Steward from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
- Neil Andrew Mellor (b. 1982), English professional footballer
- Kay Mellor (b. 1951), English actress, scriptwriter, and director
- Mr. Ernest Mellor (1920-1941), British Stoker 1st Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died during the sinking
- Mr. Herbert James Mellor, British Deck Steward from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and survived the sinking on May 29th 1914
- John Graham Mellor (1952-2002), best known by his stage name Joe Strummer, co-founder and lead vocalist of the British rock band The Clash, inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (2003)
- Joseph William Mellor CBE, FRS (1869-1938), New Zealand inorganic chemist
- David Mellor CBE, FCSD, RDI (1930-2009), one of the best-known designers in Britain
- Sir John Mellor (1893-1986), 2nd Baronet, British Conservative Member of Parliament for Sutton Coldfield 1945–1955
- Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
- Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
- Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
- 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).
- Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
- 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).
- Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
- Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
- Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
- Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
The Mellor Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Mellor 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.
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