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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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Where is the Melson family from?

You can see how Melson families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Melson family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Melson families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1911 there were 33 Melson families living in Ontario. This was about 63% of all the recorded Melson's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Melson families in 1911.
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What did your Melson ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Farmer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Melson. 53% of Melson men worked as a Farmer and 60% of Melson women worked as a Farmer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Melson were Labourer and Daughter.

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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
    53%
  • Farmers Son
    10%
  • Carpenter
    8%
  • Labourer
    8%

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Farmer
    60%
  • Daughter
    40%
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Census Records

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 Lists

There are 23,000 immigration records available for the last name Melson. 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 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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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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