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A Little History

A Little History

Robert Melius (View posts)
Posted: 937314117000
Funny I ran across this site. Our family name is a rare one. I am in the US Army and have been stationed in Germany, twice. My father told me the name was German decent, so I inquired when I was stationed and this is what I found..
The name itself is a latin word, literally translated as "better" or "excelling." According to a German priest I ran into, there are several Melius families south of the Danube river (where his parish was). A little more research into German history shows that the Romans of course invaded Europe about as far north as the Danube river, and to my guess, left a few of their own behind. I found out there was a Roman knight with the surname of Melius at one time, way back when.
For what it's worth. I myself, grew up in Minnesota (Twin Cities area). My grandfather's name was Fred Melius (also have an unlce in Wyoming by same name). There was another Melius "clan" also in the Twin Cities, but I don't know how closely related we are.

Bob Melius

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Joanne Hurley (View posts)
Posted: 938939192000
I have traced my family back to William Melius born 1775 in Columbia NY. I have yet to find out where they came from and when. Sometime before 1857 they migrated to Ottertail County, Minnesota, where I was born.


Franklyn C. Melius (View posts)
Posted: 940348869000
This is the first of looking for any history of course have a ways to go I live in Warren,Ohio and my grandfather was Paulard E. Melius I have heard of some German decent but would like to hear more.

Joanne Hurley

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The Melius family was the 10th family to arrive
in Columbia County, NY, in 1635. Claes Melius with his wife, 2 children, on the Concord, from the Netherlands.


Louise Melius (View posts)
Posted: 941914101000
Dear Louise,
Thank you for the message you posted on November 3, 1999, I have been trying to find out where they came from and when, for many years.

Joanne Hurley


Vivian (View posts)
Posted: 942580926000
Has anyone heard of a John Melius born June 17, 1892?

George J. Melius

Vivian Nickell (View posts)
Posted: 944731428000
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Melius Surname

Vivian Nickell (View posts)
Posted: 944731655000
Are you related to George J. Melius born June 17, 1892 in Greece or Turkey? Thanks,

Melius Surname

Vivian Nickell (View posts)
Posted: 944731767000
Are you related to George J. Melius born June 17, 1892 in Greece or Turkey?

Name similarties

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My great grandfather Frederick (Frederich) Melkus, note the close spelling of the name immigrated ot Indiana in 1867, and was born in Otterburg, Germany in 1842, wonder if spelling of names got changed. I have been told our surname means two or three different meanings, one that makes sense is milk house. Just was curious about the close spelling of our surnames. Francis R. Melkus of Amarillo, Texas
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