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Melin Name Meaning

Swedish: probably an ornamental name composed of the place name element mel from Old Norse meðal ‘mid(dle)’ + the common surname suffix -(l)in, from Latin -(l)inius. French: from a short form of the personal name Amelin. French: habitational name from places in Haute-Saône and Côte d’Or, all named with the dialect word melin ‘mill’, from Latin molinum. Breton: topographic name for someone who lived at a mill or an occupational nickname for a miller, from milin, melin ‘mill’. Czech (Melín): derivative of the personal name Melichar (see Melchior). Slovenian (eastern Slovenia): unexplained.

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


Similar surnames: Melia, Molin, Malin, Melis, Helin, Merlin, Belin, Meling, Merin, Meli

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Where is the Melin family from?

You can see how Melin families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Melin family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Melin families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1911 there were 11 Melin families living in Alberta. This was about 31% of all the recorded Melin's in Canada. Alberta had the highest population of Melin families in 1911.
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What did your Melin ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer was the top reported job for people in the CA named Melin. 82% of Melin men worked as a Farmer.

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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.

Top Male Occupations in 1921

  • Farmer
    82%
  • Cultivateur
    19%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 5,000 immigration records available for the last name Melin. 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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There are 1,000 military records available for the last name Melin. For the veterans among your Melin ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Melin lifespan?

Between 1947 and 2004, in the United States, Melin life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1947, and highest in 1960. The average life expectancy for Melin in 1947 was 32, and 81 in 2004.

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