Melis Family History

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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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Melis Family Origin

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Melis Family Occupations

What did your Melis ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Melis family was Keeps Bread Bakery. The most common Melis occupation in the USA was Farmer. 20% of Melis's were Farmers. Farmer, Assisstant Postmaster and Hardware Dealer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Melis.

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  • Farmer

  • Assisstant Postmaster

  • Hardware Dealer

  • Keeps Bread Bakery


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Melis Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 2,000 census records available for the last name Melis. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Melis 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 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 Card

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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Melis Life Expectancy

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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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