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The distinguished surname Mellors 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 Mellors family originally lived in the settlement of Mellor in the county of Lancashire. The surname Mellors belongs to the category of habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.

Mellors Early Origins



The surname Mellors 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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Mellors Spelling Variations


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Mellors 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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Mellors Early History


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Mellors Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mellors research. Another 141 words (10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Mellors History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Mellors Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Mellors Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Mellors 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



Study of Passenger and Immigration lists has revealed that among early immigrants bearing the Mellors surname were:

Mellors Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Charles Mellors, aged 31, who emigrated to the United States, in 1893
  • Mary Mellors, aged 30, who emigrated to the United States, in 1895
  • Edward Mellors, aged 31, who landed in America from Earlestown, in 1899

Mellors Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Bertha Mellors, aged 30, who settled in America from Wakefield, England, in 1906
  • Samuel Mellors, aged 46, who settled in America from Wakefield, England, in 1906
  • Ida Mellors, aged 11, who landed in America from Chilwell, England, in 1913
  • Robert Mellors, aged 39, who landed in America from Sheffield, England, in 1915
  • Audrey Elizabeth Mellors, aged 7, who emigrated to the United States from Sheffield, England, in 1915
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Mellors (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Mellors (post 1700)



  • Constance Mellors, American actress, best known for her work on Three's Company
  • Nathaniel Mellors, American television director and producer, best known for his work on The Time Surgeon

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Mellors Historic Events


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Mellors Historic Events




RMS Titanic

  • Mr. William John Mellors, aged 19, English Second Class passenger from Chelsea, London who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping on collapsible B

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
    2. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
    3. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    4. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
    5. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    6. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    7. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
    8. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    9. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    10. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    11. ...

    The Mellors Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Mellors 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 1 November 2014 at 07:03.

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