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The land of moorland bogs and fields of heather is the ancient homeland to the distinguished surname Melville. In Scotland, hereditary surnames were adopted according to fairly general rules and during the late Middle Ages, names that were derived from specific localities became increasingly widespread. Local names originally denoted the proprietorship of the village or estate. The Melville family originally lived in the village of Melville, in the county of Midlothian (now part of the region of Lothian).

Melville Early Origins



The surname Melville was first found in Midlothian. The Melville family resided in this county as early as the mid-12th century, when King Malcolm IV of Scotland granted them the lands of Melville in 1160.

They are said to have arrived in Scotland from Malleville in Pays de Caux, Normandy, where they held the distinguished title of the Lords of Graville. Another source is more specific: "The great Northern House of Melville claims this Norman as the patriarch of their race. Galfrid de Maleville, the earliest of the family who appears in Scottish history, had the honour of being the first Justiciary (Judiciary) of Scotland on record. From him derived the Earls of Melville. " [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Burke, John Bernard, The Roll of Battle Abbey. London: Edward Churton, 26, Holles Street, 1848, Print.

The parish of Lasswade in the county of Edinburgh was and ancient home of the family. "The principal seat is Melville Castle, the residence of Lord Viscount Melville, an elegant and spacious structure in the castellated style, with circular towers, erected about the close of the last century, on the site of an ancient house said to have belonged to David Rizzio, secretary to Mary, Queen of Scots." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of Scotland. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.


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Melville Spelling Variations


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Melville Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Melville, Melwell, Melwill, Malwyn, Melwyn, Melvile and many more.

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Melville Early History


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Melville Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Melville research. Another 414 words (30 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1597, 1547, 1621, 1636, 1707, 1924, 1535, 1617, 1545, 1622, 1695, 1754, 1741, 1753, 1741, 1742, 1636, 1707, 1683 and are included under the topic Early Melville History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Melville Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Melville Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable among the family at this time was Sir James Melville (1535-1617), Scottish diplomatist and memoir writer, was the third son of Sir John Melville, laird of Raith in the county of Fife; Andrew Melville (1545-1622), Scottish scholar, theologian and religious reformer; Alexander Melville (also Alexander Leslie), 5th Earl of Leven...

Another 83 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Melville Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Melville In Ireland


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Melville In Ireland



Some of the Melville family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 102 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Melville Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • David Melville, who landed in America in 1697

Melville Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • James Melville settled in Granada in 1774

Melville Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • James Melville, who landed in America in 1804
  • Luke Melville, who landed in America in 1804
  • Thomas Melville, who landed in America in 1804
  • Philip Melville, aged 11, arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1808
  • Mary Melville, who landed in Massachusetts in 1812
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Melville Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. David Melville U.E. who settled in Saint Johns, New Brunswick c. 1784 he became a Freeman in 1786 he was an Inn Keeper [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. Thomas Melville U.E. who settled in Saint Johns, New Brunswick c. 1784 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Melville Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Henry Melville arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Asia" in 1851 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of South Australia. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) ASIA 1851 from London 12 05 1851 and southampton with Captain Roskell, arrived Port Adelaide on 1-09-1851. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Asia.htm
  • Eliza Melville arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Asia" in 1851 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of South Australia. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) ASIA 1851 from London 12 05 1851 and southampton with Captain Roskell, arrived Port Adelaide on 1-09-1851. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Asia.htm
  • John Melville, aged 27, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Medina"
  • John Melville, aged 36, a joiner, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "James Fernie"
  • Ann Melville, aged 18, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Aliquis"
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Melville Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Jane Melville arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ulcoats" in 1864
  • J. Melville arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ulcoats" in 1864
  • James Melville, aged 25, a labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Resolute" in 1865
  • Isabella Melville, aged 23, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Resolute" in 1865
  • Ann Melville, aged 11 mths., arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Resolute" in 1865
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Melville (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Melville (post 1700)



  • Scott Melville (b. 1966), American former professional tennis player who achieved a career-high doubles ranking of World No. 17 in 1996
  • Ward Melville (1887-1977), American philanthropist who donated 400 acres of land and money to establish the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1957
  • Herman Melville (1819-1891), American novelist, short story writer and poet who is perhaps best known for "Moby Dick" or "The Whale"
  • George Whyte- Melville (1821-1878), Scottish novelist
  • Arthur Melville (1858-1904), Scottish painter, best remembered for his Orientalist subjects
  • Andrew Melville, Scottish Presbyterian religious reformer
  • Sir James Benjamin Melville KC (1885-1931), British politician, Solicitor General for England and Wales (1929-1930)
  • Alan Melville (1910-1983), English broadcaster, writer, actor, producer, playwright and wit, best known for his play Castle in the Air (1949)
  • Gertrude Mary Melville (1884-1959), née Day, Australian politician, the first woman elected to the New South Wales Legislative Council in 1952
  • Andrew Roger "Andy" Melville (b. 1968), former Wales international footballer who played from 1986 to 2005, member of the Wales National Team (1989-2004)
  • ... (Another 10 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Melville Historic Events


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Melville Historic Events




HMS Hood

  • Mr. John Melville (b. 1918), Scottish Stoker 2nd Class serving for the Royal Navy from Port Glasgow, Renfrewshire, Scotland, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

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Motto


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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: Denique coelum
Motto Translation: I shall enjoy heaven at last.


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Melville Clan Badge


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Melville Clan Badge




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Melville Clan Badge

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A clan is a social group made up of a number of distinct branch-families that actually descended from, or accepted themselves as descendants of, a common ancestor. The word clan means simply children. The idea of the clan as a community is necessarily based around this idea of heredity and is most often ruled according to a patriarchal structure. For instance, the clan chief represented the hereditary "parent" of the entire clan. The most prominent example of this form of society is the Scottish Clan system...

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Septs of the Distinguished Name Melville
Malin, Mallin, Mallon, Malon, Malven, Malvene, Malvine, Malwan, Malwand, Malwane, Malwant, Malwen, Malwend, Malwent, Malwin, Malwind, Malwine, Malwint, Malwyn, Malwynd, Malwynn, Malwynne, Melan, Mellan, Mellon, Melval, Melvale, Melven, Melvene, Melvil, Melvile, Melvill, Melville, Melvin, Melvine, Melvul, Melvyle, Melwan, Melwand, Melwane, Melwant, Melwel, Melwell, Melwen, Melwend, Melwent, Melwil, Melwill, Melwin, Melwind and more.

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Citations



  1. ^ Burke, John Bernard, The Roll of Battle Abbey. London: Edward Churton, 26, Holles Street, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of Scotland. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  4. ^ State Library of South Australia. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) ASIA 1851 from London 12 05 1851 and southampton with Captain Roskell, arrived Port Adelaide on 1-09-1851. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Asia.htm

Other References

  1. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  2. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  3. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  4. Moody David. Scottish Family History. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0806312688).
  5. Adam, Frank. Clans Septs and Regiments of the Scottish Highlands 8th Edition. London: Bacon (G.W.) & Co, 1970. Print. (ISBN 10-0717945006).
  6. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Urquhart, Blair Edition. Tartans The New Compact Study Guide and Identifier. Secauccus, NJ: Chartwell Books, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0-7858-0050-6).
  8. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  9. Browne, James. The History of Scotland it's Highlands, Regiments and Clans 8 Volumes. Edinburgh: Francis A Niccolls & Co, 1909. Print.
  10. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  11. ...

The Melville Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Melville Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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