Melson Family History

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Melson Name Meaning

patronymic from the personal name Miles (of Norman origin but uncertain derivation; possibly related to Michael or Latin miles ‘soldier’, or even the Slavic name element mil ‘grace’, ‘favor’), or a metronymic from the female personal name Milla. metronymic from the old female personal name Milde, Milda, from Old English milde ‘mild’, ‘gentle’.

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

Similar surnames: Belson, Elson, Kelson, Malson, Merson, Mellon, Melton, Nelson, Melin

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Melson Family Origin

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Melson Family Occupations

What did your Melson ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Bricklayer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the UK named Melson. 40% of Melson men worked as a Bricklayer and 80% of Melson women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Melson were Milk Roundsman and Household Duties

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Top Male Occupations in 1939

  • Bricklayer
  • Railway Clerk
  • Farmer
  • Milk Roundsman

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Incapacitated
  • Household Duties

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

Melson Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 33,000 census records available for the last name Melson. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Melson 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 23,000 immigration records available for the last name Melson. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 6,000 military records available for the last name Melson. For the veterans among your Melson ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Melson Life Expectancy

What is the average Melson lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Melson life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1988. The average life expectancy for Melson in 1944 was 23, and 72 in 2004.

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