The Norman Conquest
in 1066 brought much change, including many immigrants with new names. Among these were the ancestors of the Melsom family, whose name comes from the popular Norman given name Miles
Early Origins of the Melsom family
The surname Melsom was first found in Shropshire
, at Milson, a parish, in the union of Cleobury-Mortimer, part of the Overs Hunderd which dates back to the Domesday Book
where is was listed as Mulstone. At that time, there was a manor, and land for 6 ploughs. It was held by Osbern fitzRichard at that time. CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
The village had 160 inhabitants in 1848 and the local
church was dedicated to St. George. The name was probably derived from the Old English personal name
+ "tun" CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
and literally means "farmstead of a man called Myndel or Miles. Today there is also a Milson Island in New South Wales
and has been established for over 100 years. Milsons Point near Sydney, Australia
was named after James Milson (1785-1872), from Lincolnshire
one of the earliest settlers. In New Zealand, Milson is a suburb of Palmerston North, Manawatu-Wanganui.
Early History of the Melsom family
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Melsom Spelling Variations
Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England
, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Milson, Millson, Milison, Millison, Millyson, Milyson, Myllison, Mylison, Myleson, Mylleson, Mylson, Milsom, Mylsom, Milsolm, Millsolm, Melsam, Melsan, Melson, Melsom, Milsson, Melsome and many more.
Early Notables of the Melsom family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Melsom family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Melsom or a variant listed above: Sander Milleson, who arrived in Boston in 1651; Gresian Milson settled in Carolina in 1724; John Mil(l)son settled in New York in 1795; Thomas Milson settled in Allegheny in 1868..
Contemporary Notables of the name Melsom (post 1700)
- John Melsom, American chief investment officer with the Omni Event Fund in 2015
- Ferdinand Melsom, Norwegian shipowner who established the Melsom Prize in 1922 for a writer or translator who writes in Nynorsk
- Odd Erling Melsom (1900-1978), Norwegian military officer and newspaper editor