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The land of moorland bogs and fields of heather is the ancient homeland to the distinguished surname Melvin. 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 Melvin family originally lived in the village of Melville, in the county of Midlothian (now part of the region of Lothian).

Melvin Early Origins



The surname Melvin 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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Melvin Spelling Variations


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Melvin Spelling Variations



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

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Melvin Early History


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Melvin Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Melvin 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 Melvin History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Melvin Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Melvin 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 Melvin Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Melvin In Ireland


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Melvin In Ireland



Some of the Melvin 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:

Melvin Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Elizabeth Melvin, who landed in Maryland in 1663
  • Richard Melvin, who landed in Maryland in 1663

Melvin Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • James Melvin, who arrived in Virginia in 1717
  • Patrick and Mary Melvin, who settled in New Hampshire in 1735

Melvin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Andrew Melvin, who arrived in Boston in 1804
  • Andrew Melvin, aged 25, arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1804
  • Andrew Melvin settled in Boston in 1804
  • Philip Melvin, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1837
  • Mary Melvin, aged 18, arrived in New York, NY in 1850
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Melvin Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • John Melvin, who settled in Quebec in 1766
  • Mr. Eleazer Melvin U.E. who settled in Chester, Lunenburg County, Nova Scotia c. 1784 son of Lieut. Robert Melvin [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
  • Lieut. Robert Melvin U.E. who settled in Chester, Lunenburg County, Nova Scotia 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
  • Mr. Robert Melvin 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

Melvin Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Ellen, Jane, Mary, Nancy, William, and James Melvin, who landed in New Brunswick in 1834
  • James Melvin, aged 37, a farmer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the schooner "Sarah" from Belfast, Ireland
  • Mary Melvin, aged 40, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the schooner "Sarah" from Belfast, Ireland
  • William Melvin, aged 13, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the schooner "Sarah" from Belfast, Ireland
  • Ellen Melvin, aged 11, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the schooner "Sarah" from Belfast, Ireland
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Melvin (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Melvin (post 1700)



  • Robert Paul "Bob" Melvin (b. 1961), American manager of the Oakland Athletics
  • John T. Melvin (1887-1917), American officer in the United States Navy, eponym of the USS Melvin (DD-335), a Clemson-class destroyer and the USS Melvin (DD-680), a Fletcher-class destroyer
  • Robert Paul Melvin (b. 1961), former American Major League Baseball catcher and manager
  • Allan Melvin (1923-2008), American character actor, known for his roles as Corporal Henshaw on The Phil Silvers Show and Archie Bunker's friend Barney Hefner on All in the Family
  • Chasity Melvin (b. 1976), American professional basketball player
  • Leland D. Melvin MR. (b. 1964), American engineer and NASA Astronaut with over 565 hours in space
  • Eric Melvin (b. 1966), American guitarist
  • Douglas Robert Melvin (b. 1952), Canadian front office executive in Major League Baseball, General Manager of the Milwaukee Brewers of the National League
  • Murray Melvin (b. 1932), English stage and film actor
  • Douglas V Melvin (b. 1928), British two-time winning rower of the Wingfield Sculls

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Melvin Historic Events


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Melvin Historic Events




Halifax Explosion

  • Mrs. Ethel May  Melvin (1881-1917), Canadian resident from Protestant Orphanage, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Miss Dorothy  Melvin (1917-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who survived the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917 but later died due to injuries

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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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Citations


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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

Other References

  1. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  2. 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).
  3. Prebble, John. The Highland Clearances. London: Secker & Warburg, 1963. Print.
  4. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  5. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and Don Pottinger. Clan Map Scotland of Old. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1983. Print.
  6. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  7. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and David Hicks. The Highland Clans The Dynastic Origins, Cheifs and Background of the Clans. New York: C.N. Potter, 1968. Print.
  8. Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Glasgow: Harper Collins, 1995. Print.
  9. Martine, Roddy, Roderick Martine and Don Pottinger. Scottish Clan and Family Names Their Arms, Origins and Tartans. Edinburgh: Mainstream, 1992. Print.
  10. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  11. ...

The Melvin Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Melvin 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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