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Melin Name Meaning

Swedish: probably an ornamental or habitational name formed with the (placename) element mel from Old Norse methal ‘mid middle’ + the adjectival suffix -in a derivative of Latin -in(i)us ‘relating to’. Czech (Melín): from a pet form of the personal name Melichar ‘Melchior’. French: habitational name from any of the places in Haute-Saône and Côte d'Or all named with the dialect word melin ‘mill’ from Latin molinum. French: from a shortened form of the personal name Amelin from ancient Germanic Amalin based on the element amal ‘capable brave eager’. English (Lancashire) and Irish: variant of Melling . Slovenian: probably a topographic name for someone who lived near a mill from dialect melin ‘mill’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022


Similar surnames: Melia, Molin, Malin, Melis, Helin, Merlin, Belin, Meling, Merin, Meli

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Where is the Melin family from?

You can see how Melin families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Melin family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Melin families were found in USA in 1920. In 1840 there was 1 Melin family living in Georgia. This was about 33% of all the recorded Melin's in USA. Georgia and 2 other states had the highest population of Melin families in 1840.
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What did your Melin ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Melin. 19% of Melin men worked as a Farmer and 15% of Melin women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Melin were Clerk and Stenographer. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Farmer
    19%
  • Laborer
    16%
  • Salesman
    7%
  • Clerk
    5%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
    15%
  • Clerk
    11%
  • Teacher
    11%
  • Stenographer
    10%
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Passenger Lists

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There are 1,000 military records available for the last name Melin. For the veterans among your Melin ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Melin lifespan?

Between 1947 and 2004, in the United States, Melin life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1947, and highest in 1960. The average life expectancy for Melin in 1947 was 32, and 81 in 2004.

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