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Melis Name Meaning

English: variant spelling of Mellis 1. German: variant of Melius. Dutch ((van) Melis): variant of Millis 2. Czech and Slovak (Meliš), and Hungarian: from a short form of the Biblical personal name Melichar (see Melchior). Greek: from the personal name Melis, a pet form of Meletios or Meliton (names of various early saints and martyrs). The personal names are derived from either meli ‘honey’ or meletan ‘care for’, ‘study’. Italian (Sardinia and southern Italy): habitational name from a place so named in Sardinia. Lithuanian: nickname from melis ‘blue’. Latvian: unflattering nickname from melis ‘liar’. Latvian: variant of Mellis.

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


Similar surnames: Melia, Meis, Mellis, Meli, Melin, Mells, Mewes, Millis, Valis, Molis

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Where is the Melis family from?

You can see how Melis families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Melis family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1841 and 1920. The most Melis families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 20 Melis families living in New York. This was about 41% of all the recorded Melis's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Melis families in 1880.
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What did your Melis ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Clerk were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Melis. 34% of Melis men worked as a Laborer and 20% of Melis women worked as a Clerk. Some less common occupations for Americans named Melis were Proprietor and Housekeeper.

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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

  • Laborer
    34%
  • Farmer
    22%
  • Operator
    8%
  • Proprietor
    8%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Clerk
    20%
  • Machine Operator
    20%
  • Stenographer
    20%
  • Housekeeper
    14%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Melis. 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 Cards

There are 431 military records available for the last name Melis. For the veterans among your Melis ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Melis lifespan?

Between 1948 and 2004, in the United States, Melis life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1948, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Melis in 1948 was 31, and 88 in 2004.

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