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Melia Name Meaning

Southern Italian: habitational name from any of various places in Sicily and southern Italy named Melia, as for example in the provinces of Messina or Reggio Calabria. Italian: possibly from a short form of the female personal name Amelia. Irish: variant of Malley. Dutch: from a derivative of the Latin personal name Amelius, Amilius (see Mehle). Catalan (Melià): from the Latin personal name Aemilianus. Georgian: from a Georgian local name.

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


Similar surnames: Melis, Melin, Milia, Meli, Elia, Mula, Celia, Mele, Melita, Milian

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Where is the Melia family from?

You can see how Melia families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Melia family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1851 and 1920. The most Melia families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1911 there were 8 Melia families living in Ontario. This was about 67% of all the recorded Melia's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Melia families in 1911.
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What did your Melia ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Operator were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Melia. 23% of Melia men worked as a Laborer and 15% of Melia women worked as an Operator. Some less common occupations for Americans named Melia were Clerk and Teacher.

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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.

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Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Laborer
    23%
  • Farmer
    14%
  • Salesman
    10%
  • Clerk
    9%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Operator
    15%
  • Housewife
    11%
  • Clerk
    11%
  • Teacher
    7%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 5,000 immigration records available for the last name Melia. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 3,000 military records available for the last name Melia. For the veterans among your Melia ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Melia lifespan?

Between 1957 and 2004, in the United States, Melia life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1961, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Melia in 1957 was 47, and 76 in 2004.

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