Melville Family History

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Melville Name Meaning

Scottish (of Norman origin): habitational name from any of the various places in Normandy called Malleville, from Latin mala ‘bad’ + ville ‘settlement’. Irish (mainly Ulster): English surname adopted by bearers of Gaelic Ó Maoilmhichíl ‘descendant of Maoilmhichil’, a personal name meaning ‘devotee of (Saint) Michael’.

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


Similar surnames: Neville, Deville, Colville, Somerville, Carville, Neuville, Banville

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Melville Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Melville name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Melville. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales

    45%

  • Ireland & Scotland

    27%

  • Germanic Europe

    6%

  • Eastern Europe & Russia

    3%

  • Norway

    2%

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Melville Family Origin

Where is the Melville family from?

Melville Family Occupations

What did your Melville ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Melville family was Fisherman. The most common Melville occupation in the UK was Labourer. 4% of Melville's were Labourers. Labourer, Joiner and Farmer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Melville.

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  • Labourer

    4%
  • Joiner

    2%
  • Farmer

    2%
  • Fisherman

    2%

Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Melville ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Melville Historical Records

What Melville family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 92,000 census records available for the last name Melville. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Melville 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 19,000 immigration records available for the last name Melville. 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 11,000 military records available for the last name Melville. For the veterans among your Melville ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Melville Life Expectancy

What is the average Melville lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Melville life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Melville in 1942 was 58, and 81 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Melville

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Melville ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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