Last name: Melvin
This interesting name is ultimately of Norman origin, although it has been a known Scottish surname since the 12th Century. The surnames Melvin and Melven are variants of the more familiar name "Melville", which was brought to Scotland by one Galfridus de Maveill, recorded below as the earliest instance of the name in its variant spelling. The name is locational, from one of various places in Normandy called "Malleville", such as "Emalleville" in Seine - Inferieure. The history of the name in Scotland includes one Andrew Malvyn, burgess of "Abirbrothoc" in 1387, and John Malewyn who witnessed a charter by Archibald, Earl of Douglas, in 1474. In some cases "Melvin" and its variants "Melven, "Mulveen" and "Mulvin" may derive from an Anglicized form of the Gaelic "Mac Gille Bheathain", McIlwaine, son of the servant of St. Beathan. On December 30th 1620, Anne, daughter of William Melvin was christened at St. Mary, Abchurch, and James, son of Wylliam and Vrselae Melvin was christened on January 2nd 1621, at St. Stephan's, Coleman Street, London. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Geoffrey de Malevin, which was dated circa 1161 - 1163, Charters of the Sacred Cross, Edinburgh, during the reign of King Malcolm 1V, King of Scotland, 1154 - 1165. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.
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Hello my grandfather was from Wall, South Dakota his name was Jerome Melvin. My dad was Patrick N.Melvin Sr. from Palatka, Fl. But i have traced some family back as far as Ireland and Scotland. The Melvins that first came here first settled in Pa. working in coal mines. After that they went their own way and now the Clan has scatered all over the United States and Canada.
I am Scottish Born and bread my father was george william Melvin As was my grandfather And so on I do know Melvin is from Norway around 1400s melville and became Melvin settled in argyleshire Scotland then went to the Americas and Canada during the potatoes famine. So we all originate from the Vikings and Scottish...........
My family are traced back tp ireland and to Ballina near Sligo .we are now in Canada England and Scotland. Yes we Melvins are taking over the World .
Sharon Melvin Rogan
I am Sharon Melvin from Massachusetts. My father Roger Melvin was from East River, Nova Scotia, Canada. I now live in England.
Hello!!!! My name is Gustavo Melvin, i am argentinian. I am looking my ancestors, from ireland, the father of my grandfather came from ireland at the beginins of the 20th century. If anybody knows something about my family three, please let me know. Thanks! !!!