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.

"Savaric de Malleon was Constable of Porchester Castle in 1216, and Seneschal of Poitou and Gascony in 1222. He held Petersfield and MapleDurham (part of the Honour of Gloucester) by grant of King John. It was this Savaric who in 1216 was left by the King in charge of the city and castle of Winchester, just after Pentecost, the holy time chosen by the Bishop of Winchester, who wits with the King, for excommunicating Lewis and all his favourers. Upon the departure of the King, Savaric set fire to the suburbs of Winchester. Then followed the siege of the castle, which at last by the counsel of Savaric was given up to Lewis upon which followed the surrender of all the Hampshire castles. In 1229, after the death of Waleran Teutonicus, he became Warden of the Isle of Wight. was, says Worsley, " a Poictevin, and had been very serviceable to the King during the war with France ; but afterwards, on some discontent, changing sides, became extremely troublesome." [1]

Early History of the Melo family

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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)

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Melo Ranking

In the United States, the name Melo is the 5,864th most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. [2] However, in France, the name Melo is ranked the 8,971st most popular surname with an estimated 500 - 1,000 people with that name. [3]

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 [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Melo (post 1700) +

  • Richard Melo (b. 1968), American author and book reviewer
  • Jorge Silva Melo (1948-2022), Portuguese actor, theatre director, writer, playwright and translator, founder of the Teatro da Cornucópia with Luís Miguel Cintra in 1973
  • Geraldo José da Câmara Ferreira de Melo (1935-2022), Brazilian businessman and politician, Governor of Rio Grande do Norte from 1987 to 1991
  • Jose Armando R. Melo (1932-2020), Filipino lawyer and jurist who served as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines from 1992 to 2002
  • 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
  • ... (Another 22 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. ^ Cleveland, Dutchess of The Battle Abbey Roll with some Account of the Norman Lineages. London: John Murray, Abermarle Street, 1889. Print. Volume 2 of 3
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  4. ^ 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) on Facebook