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Mellis Family History

Mellis Name Meaning

English: habitational name from a place in Suffolk, named in Old English with mylenas, plural of mylen ‘mill’. Scottish and northern Irish (of Scottish origin): from an Anglicized form of the Gaelic personal name Maol Íosa ‘devotee of Jesus’. Greek: variant of Melis. Dutch: unexplained. Latvian: nickname from mells ‘black’.

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


Similar surnames: Melis, Mells, Millis, Mellish, Mellas, Mellon, Kellis, Bellis, Dellis

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Where is the Mellis family from?

You can see how Mellis families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Mellis family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Mellis families were found in and Scotland in 1841and Scotland in 1851and Scotland in 1861and Scotland in 1871and Scotland in 1881and Scotland in 1891and Scotland in 1901. In 1840 there were 2 Mellis families living in New York. This was about 40% of all the recorded Mellis's in the USA. New York and 1 other state had the highest population of Mellis families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Mellis surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Mellis ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Laborer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Mellis. 22% of Mellis men worked as a Laborer and 14% of Mellis women worked as a Laborer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Mellis were Salesman 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

  • Laborer
    22%
  • Farmer
    15%
  • Truck Driver
    12%
  • Salesman
    10%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Laborer
    14%
  • Proprietor
    14%
  • Cook
    14%
  • Stenographer
    9%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Mellis. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Mellis. For the veterans among your Mellis ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Mellis lifespan?

Between 1959 and 2004, in the United States, Mellis life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1964, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Mellis in 1959 was 71, and 83 in 2004.

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