The Melville Family


Notes about the Melville surname

My Melville ancestors came from the Doll in the Scottish Highlands.  William Melville came to Canada in 1868 and established a grocery store in Toronto, Ontario.

Melville is a Scottish surname with Norman roots.  The name is derived from place names in Normandy like Malleville which meant ‘bad settlement’.  The Scottish bearers of this name adapted it from Ó Maoilmhichíl ‘descendant of Maoilmhichil’ which meant followers of St. Michael.

Surname distribution

Melville surname distribution in UK 1881

Melville surname distribution in UK 1881. The name is concentrated in Northern England and Scotland.

Important branches on my tree

Melville on Twigged

Melville family on the Internet

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