Millis History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the Millis family

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.

Early History of the Millis family

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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.

Early Notables of the Millis family (pre 1700)

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United States Millis migration to the United States +

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 [1]
  • John Millis, who arrived in Maryland in 1659 [1]
Millis Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Christian Millis, who landed in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1857 [1]

Australia Millis migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Millis Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Adelaide Millis, aged 20, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Taymouth Castle" [2]

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 [3]
  • Harry A. Millis, American Democratic Party politician, Member, National Labor Relations Board, 1940-45; Chair, National Labor Relations Board, 1940-45 [3]
  • Frank Millis, American Republican politician, Indiana State Auditor, 1950-54 [3]
  • Leslie Millis (1881-1950), Australian rules footballer
  • Nancy Fannie Millis AC (b. 1922), Australian microbiologist from Melbourne
  • Major-General Sir Millis Rowland Jefferis KBE, MC (1899-1963), English General, founder of a special unit of the British Ministry of Supply known as MD1

HMS Royal Oak
  • Ronald Millis (1919-1939), British Marine with the Royal Marine aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [4]

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 26th June 1855. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Taymouth Castle 1855. Retrieved
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 12) . Retrieved from
  4. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from on Facebook
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