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Melbourne Name Meaning

English (mainly East Midlands): habitational name from any of various places. Melbourne in former East Yorkshire is recorded in Domesday Book as Middelburne, from Old English middel ‘middle’ + burna ‘stream’; the first element was later replaced by the cognate Old Norse meðal. Melbourne in Derbyshire has as its first element Old English mylen ‘mill’, and Melbourn in Cambridgeshire probably Old English melde ‘milds’, a type of plant.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Milbourne, Bourne, Milburn, Welborn, Melberg, Newborn, Redburn

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Melbourne Family Origin

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Melbourne Family Occupations

What did your Melbourne ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, In Shoe Shop and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Melbourne. A less common occupation for the Melbourne family was Builder. The most common Melbourne occupation in the USA was Farmer. 29% of Melbourne's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • In Shoe Shop

  • Laborer

  • Builder


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Melbourne Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 21,000 census records available for the last name Melbourne. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Melbourne census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Melbourne. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 6,000 military records available for the last name Melbourne. For the veterans among your Melbourne ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Melbourne Life Expectancy

What is the average Melbourne lifespan?

Between 1963 and 2004, in the United States, Melbourne life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1979, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Melbourne in 1963 was 70, and 82 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Melbourne ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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