Melros History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Melros surname is a habitational name taken on from a place near Galashiels in the Scottish Borders.

Early Origins of the Melros family

The surname Melros was first found in Roxburghshire in Melrose, a market-town and parish, and anciently a burgh of barony where "in the common speech of the district the place name is pronounced Meeros or Meuwress." [1]

"This place derived its ancient name, Mullross, of which its present is only a slight modification, from the Gaelic words Mull or Moel, bare, and Ross, a promontory, descriptive of its position on a peninsula formed by the river Tweed, and which at that remote period was literally a barren and rugged rock. In the beginning of the 7th century, a society of Culdees established themselves here from Iona, and a monastery was founded on a commodious site, which is now, in contradistinction to the present town, called Old Melrose." [2]

In Melrose Abbey "according to the best historians, was deposited the heart of the great king Robert Bruce, after an unsuccessful attempt to carry it to the Holy Land; the body having been interred in the abbey of Dunfermline." [2]

Some of the early records of the family include: "William Melros, a native of Scotland, [who] had licence to enjoy any benefice in England under the dignity of a deanery in 1468. David Melros held a land in Edinburgh in 1531." [1]

George Melrose was the last surviving son of John Melrose of Balerno, Scotland who both left Scotland aboard the Palmyra in the 19th century. George married Euphemia Thomson (1829-1887), daughter of John Thomson originally of Kirkaldy, Scotland in 1847 and their six children were the progenitors of the famous Australian Melrose family.

Early History of the Melros family

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Melros Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Melrose, Melross, Melros, Meuros, Meuwress, Meuross and many more.

Early Notables of the Melros family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Melros family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: William Melrose, who came to Boston in 1699; John Cameron Melrose, who arrived in Connecticut in 1770; Thos Melrose, who arrived in South Carolina in 1812.



  1. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of Scotland. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.


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