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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.

Mellor Early Origins



The surname Mellor was 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.

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Mellor Spelling Variations


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Mellor Spelling Variations



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.

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Mellor Early History


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Mellor Early History



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 and printed products wherever possible.

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Mellor Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Mellor Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Mellor 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



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 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) FAIRLIE/FAIRLEE 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Fairlie.htm
  • Joseph Mellor, aged 30, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Fairlee" in 1840 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) FAIRLIE/FAIRLEE 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Fairlie.htm
  • Mary Mellor, aged 22, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Fairlee" in 1840 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) FAIRLIE/FAIRLEE 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Fairlie.htm
  • Thomas Mellor, aged 49, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Fairlee" in 1840 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) FAIRLIE/FAIRLEE 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Fairlie.htm
  • Henry Mellor, English convict from Staffordshire, who was transported aboard the "Anson" on September 23, 1843, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anson voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1843 with 499 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/anson/1843
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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

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Contemporary Notables of the name Mellor (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Mellor (post 1700)



  • William C. Mellor A.S. C. (1903-1963), American cinematographer
  • Neil Andrew Mellor (b. 1982), English professional footballer
  • Kay Mellor (b. 1951), English actress, scriptwriter, and director
  • 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 19451955
  • William Mellor (1888-1942), left-wing British journalist
  • Paul Mellor (b. 1974), Australian former rugby league player
  • Clementine Mellor (b. 1987), Australian actress
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Mellor Historic Events


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Mellor Historic Events




Empress of Ireland

  • 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

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Ernest Mellor (b. 1920), British Stoker 1st Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died during the sinking

RMS Titanic

  • Mr. Arthur Mellor (d. 1912), aged 34, English Saloon Steward from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) FAIRLIE/FAIRLEE 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Fairlie.htm
  2. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anson voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1843 with 499 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/anson/1843

Other References

  1. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  2. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  3. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  4. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  5. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  7. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  8. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  9. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  10. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
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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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