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 Melwend family originally lived in the village of Melville, in the county of Midlothian (now part of the region of Lothian).
Early Origins of the Melwend family
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. " CITATION[CLOSE]
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." CITATION[CLOSE]
Early History of the Melwend family
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Melwend Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Melville, Melwell, Melwill, Malwyn, Melwyn, Melvile and many more.
Early Notables of the Melwend family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Melwend family to Ireland
Some of the Melwend family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Melwend family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: James Melveill, who settled in Boston with his wife and servants in 1768; William Melvil settled in Maryland in 1747; James Melville settled in Granada in 1774.
The Melwend 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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