Melody History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Melody is a name of Anglo-Saxon origin. It was a name given to a bold or impetuous person. The surname Melody is derived from the Old English word modig, which means brave, impetuous, or bold. Occasionally, the surname Melody is derived from the female personal name Melodia. In this case, this name is a metronymic surname, which is derived from the name of the mother.

Early Origins of the Melody family

The surname Melody was first found in Suffolk 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 Melody family

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Melody Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Melody were recorded, including Moody, Moodye, Moodie, Mudy, Mudie and others.

Early Notables of the Melody family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Melody family to Ireland

Some of the Melody family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Melody migration to the United States

To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Melody family emigrate to North America:

Melody Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Elisa Melody, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1811
  • James Melody, who was on record in New York in 1854
  • John Melody, who settled in New York, NY in 1858
  • Michael Melody, who settled in Detroit in 1868
  • Winifred Melody, aged 18, who settled in America, in 1895
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Melody Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Annie Melody, aged 22, who immigrated to the United States from Currower, Ireland, in 1906
  • Delia Melody, aged 18, who landed in America from Scariff, Ireland, in 1907
  • Mary Melody, aged 23, who landed in America from Kinoara, Ireland, in 1907
  • Thomas Melody, aged 19, who settled in America from Scariff, Ireland, in 1907
  • Kate Melody, aged 26, who immigrated to the United States from Castleblakeney, Ireland, in 1908
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Melody migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Melody Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Melody, (b. 1883), aged 18, British Settler travelling aboard the ship " Auckland" en route to Invercargill, New Zealand on 25th December 1879 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Melody (post 1700)

  • Anthony John "Tony" Melody (1922-1922), English television actor who appeared in over 100 television roles
  • Lord Melody (1926-1988), born Fitzroy Alexander, Trinidad and Tobago calypso singer, best known for singles "Boo Boo Man", "Shame & Scandal" and "Jonah and the Bake"
  • Susan Melody George (b. 1950), English film and television actress, and film producer
  • Melody Patterson (1949-2015), American actress who started performing at the age of four, best known for her role as Wrangler Jane in the 1960s TV series F Troop
  • Melody Woodin (b. 1986), American fashion model
  • Melody Damayo (b. 1973), American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Governor of Nevada, 2006 [2]

Citations

  1. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 8) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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