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The surname Millis is a name that was carried to England in the great wave of migration from Normandy following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Millis family lived in Melhuish in Devon. The surname Millis is a habitation name that was originally derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. The surname originated as a means of identifying individuals from a particular area. In the Middle Ages people often assumed the name of the place that they originally lived as their surname during the course of travel.

Millis Early Origins



The surname Millis was first found in Devon where they held a family seat from ancient times as Lords of the Manor of Melhuish in that shire, some say, well before the Norman Conquest of England in 1066 A.D. The original name of the village was Melewis. Conjecturally the family name is descended from Hugh of Rennes, holder of the village of Melhuish from Baldwin, Sheriff of Devon at the time of the taking of the Domesday Book Survey in 1086 A.D.

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Millis Spelling Variations


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Millis Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Mellish, Mellise, Melersh, Mellersh, Melluish, Melish, Mellersh, Mellis, Melliss, Meliss, Melles, Meles, Malis, Malise and many more.

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Millis Early History


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Millis Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Millis research. Another 130 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1350, 1527, and 1643 are included under the topic Early Millis History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Millis Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Millis Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Millis Notables 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:

Millis Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Abigall Millis, who landed in Virginia in 1656
  • John Millis, who arrived in Maryland in 1659

Millis Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Christian Millis, who landed in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1857

Millis Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Adelaide Millis, aged 20, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Taymouth Castle"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Millis (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Millis (post 1700)



  • Walter Millis (1899-1968), American editorial and staff writer for the New York Herald Tribune (1924 to 1954)
  • Keith Dwight Millis (1915-1992), American metallurgical engineer, inventor of ductile iron
  • Harry Alvin Millis (1873-1948), American civil servant, economist, and educator from Paoli, Indiana
  • Jack Millis (b. 1928), American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from North Carolina, 2004
  • Harry A. Millis, American Democrat politician, Member, National Labor Relations Board, 1940-45; Chair, National Labor Relations Board, 1940-45
  • Frank Millis, American Republican politician, Indiana State Auditor, 1950-54
  • Leslie Millis (1881-1950), Australian rules footballer
  • Nancy Fannie Millis AC (b. 1922), Australian microbiologist from Melbourne

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    2. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    3. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    4. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    5. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    6. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
    7. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    8. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
    9. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    10. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
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    The Millis Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Millis 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.

    This page was last modified on 12 January 2016 at 13:51.

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