Melo History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Melo family

The surname Melo was first found in Ile-de-France, at Mellun, a commune in the Seine-et-Marne department. One of the first records of the name was Robert of Melun (c. 1100-1167), an English-born, scholastic Christian theologian who taught in Mellun, France. Little is known of him other than he studied under Peter Abelard and Hugh of St. Victor at the University of Paris and by 1137, he was a teacher in the school on Mont Ste-Genevieve. He was later involved in the Council of Reims in 1148. After teaching in Paris for 40 years, he was recalled to England by King Henry II in 1160, and was appointed Bishop of Hereford in 1163.

Early History of the Melo family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Melo research. Another 185 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1302, 1465, 1634, 1721, 1598 and 1688 are included under the topic Early Melo History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Melo Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Melun, Mellun, Mellon, Melon, Meluns, Melluns, Melune, Melunes, Mellune and many more.

Early Notables of the Melo family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Melo Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Melo migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Melo Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Merced Melo, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Melo (post 1700) +

  • Richard Melo (b. 1968), American author and book reviewer
  • Jóse Carlos Melo (1930-2017), Brazilian Roman Catholic prelate, Archbishop of Maceió (2002–2006)
  • Fabricio Paulino de Melo (1990-2017), Brazilian professional NBA basketball player for the Boston Celtics
  • Robin Melo (b. 1987), Chilean footballer
  • Rosana Melo (b. 1973), Brazilian popular singer
  • Edgar Melo (b. 1987), Chilean footballer
  • José Nunez Melo (b. 1956), Canadian politician
  • Marcelo José de Melo (b. 1972), Brazilian artist
  • Guilherme de Melo (b. 1931), Portuguese journalist, novelist, and activist
  • Don Francisco de Melo (1597-1651), Portuguese nobleman and general
  • ... (Another 19 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


The Melo 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: Virtus et honor
Motto Translation: Virtue and honor.


  1. ^ 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)


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