Melvin Family History

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Melvin Name Meaning

Scottish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Gille Bheathain (see McIlwaine). Scottish: variant of Melville 1. Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Maoil Mhín ‘descendant of the devotee of Maoilmhín’, a personal name meaning ‘gentle chieftain’.

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

Similar surnames: Galvin, Mellon, Melin, Levin, Gelvin, Belkin, Merlin, Selin, Mylin

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Melvin Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Melvin name?

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

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Benin/Togo


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Melvin Family Origin

Where is the Melvin family from?

Melvin Family Occupations

What did your Melvin ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Melvin family was Carter. Farmer, Labourer and Annuitant were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Melvin. The most common Melvin occupation in the UK was Farmer. 5% of Melvin's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Labourer

  • Annuitant

  • Carter


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

Melvin Historical Records

What Melvin family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 97,000 census records available for the last name Melvin. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Melvin 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 10,000 immigration records available for the last name Melvin. 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 21,000 military records available for the last name Melvin. For the veterans among your Melvin ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Melvin Life Expectancy

What is the average Melvin lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Melvin life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Melvin in 1944 was 32, and 73 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Melvin 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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