Meloche History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Meloche family

The surname Meloche 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 Meloche family

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Meloche 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 Meloche family (pre 1700)

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Meloche Ranking

In Quebec, Canada, the name Meloche is the 762nd most popular surname. [2]

Canada Meloche migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Meloche Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • François Meloche, son of François and Marie, who married Marie Mouflet, daughter of Jean and Anne, in Montreal, Quebec on 25th October 1700 [3]
  • Pierre Meloche, son of François and Marie, who married Jeanne Caron, daughter of Vital and Marie, in Lachine, Quebec on 16th August 1729 [3]
  • Joseph-Marie Meloche, son of François and Marie, who married Marguerite Picard, daughter of Jean-Gabriel and Marie-Madeleine, in Lahcine, Quebec on 25th January 1743 [3]
  • François Meloche, son of François and Marie, who married Barbe Jerome, daughter of François and Angélique, in Sainte-Geneviève, Quebec on 13th February 1747 [3]
  • Simon Meloche, son of François and Marie, who married Françoise Sarrazin, daughter of Pierre and Marguerite, in Lachine, Quebec on 27th April 1750 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Meloche (post 1700) +

  • Dr. Henry Paul Meloche (1929-1999), American research biochemist who specialized in the field of enzyme stereochemistry
  • Denis Meloche (b. 1952), Canadian former professional WHA ice hockey player who played from 1972 to 1978
  • Nicolas Meloche (b. 1997), Canadian junior ice hockey defenceman
  • Vanessa Meloche (b. 1985), Canadian gymnast, 2002 Canadian National Uneven Bars Champion, three-time bronze medalist at the 2002 Commonwealth Games
  • Lise Meloche (b. 1960), Canadian four-time World Cup gold medalist in the biathalon
  • Éric Meloche (b. 1976), Canadian professional ice hockey right winger
  • Gilles Meloche (b. 1950), retired Canadian professional NHL ice hockey goaltender from Montreal, Quebec, current goaltending coach for the Pittsburgh Penguins

The Meloche 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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  3. ^ Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 2, Institut Drouin, 1958. on Facebook