. The original Gaelic form of the name Melon is O Meallain, which is derived from the word meall, which means pleasant.
(Irish:Tír Eoghain), the ancient territory of the O'Neills, now in the Province of
from ancient times.
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Just like the English language, the Gaelic language of Ireland
was not standardized in the Middle Ages. Therefore, one's name was often recorded under several different spellings during the life of its bearer. Spelling variations
revealed in the search for the origins of the Melon family name include Mallon, O'Mallon, O'Malin, O'Mellan, Malin, Mellan and many more.
became inhospitable for many native Irish families
in the 19th centuries. Poverty, lack of opportunities, high rents, and discrimination forced thousands to leave the island for North America. The largest exodus of Irish settlers occurred with the Great Potato Famine
of the late 1840s. For these immigrants the journey to British North America and the United States was long and dangerous and many did not live to see the shores of those new lands. Those who did make it were essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest and most powerful nations of the world. These Irish immigrants were not only important for peopling the new settlements and cities, they also provided the manpower needed for the many industrial and agricultural projects so essential to these growing nations. Immigration and passenger lists have documented the arrival of various people bearing the name Melon to North America:
Melon Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Samuel Melon, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1798