Mellows History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
- Origins Available:
The distinguished surname Mellows 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 Mellows family originally lived in the settlement of Mellor in the county of Lancashire. The surname Mellows belongs to the category of habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.
Early Origins of the Mellows family
The surname Mellows 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.
Important Dates for the Mellows family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mellows research. Another 93 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Mellows History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Mellows 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.
Early Notables of the Mellows family (pre 1700)
More information is included under the topic Early Mellows Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Mellows migration to the United States
Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Mellows or a variant listed above:
Mellows Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Abraham Mellows, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1634 
- Edward Mellows, who landed in Charlestown, Massachusetts in 1634 
- Oliver Mellows, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1634 
- Richard Mellows, who landed in Charlestown, Massachusetts in 1642 
Mellows migration to Canada
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Mellows Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Mr. David Mellows U.E. who arrived at Port Roseway, [Shelbourne], Nova Scotia on October 26, 1783 was passenger number 2 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on September 20, 1783 at East River, New York, USA 
- Mrs. Mary Mellows U.E. who arrived at Port Roseway, [Shelbourne], Nova Scotia on October 26, 1783 was passenger number 97 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on September 20, 1783 at East River, New York, USA 
- Mrs. Catherine Mellows U.E. who arrived at Port Roseway, [Shelbourne], Nova Scotia on October 26, 1783 was passenger number 61 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on September 20, 1783 at East River, New York, USA 
- Mr. David Mellows U.E. who arrived at Port Roseway, [Shelbourne], Nova Scotia on October 26, 1783 was passenger number 3 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on September 20, 1783 at East River, New York, USA 
Contemporary Notables of the name Mellows (post 1700)
- Anthony Roger Mellows OBE, TD (1936-2016), English barrister, academic and British Army officer, Lord Prior of the Order of Saint John (2008-2014)
- ^ 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)
- ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X