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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 2nd edition, 2022

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

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Where is the Melville family from?

You can see how Melville families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Melville family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Melville families were found in and Scotland in 1841. In 1911 there were 94 Melville families living in Ontario. This was about 56% of all the recorded Melville's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Melville families in 1911.
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What did your Melville ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Melville. 33% of Melville men worked as a Farmer and 27% of Melville women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Melville were Salesman and Income. .

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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
  • Labourer
  • Laborer
  • Salesman

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Stenographer
  • Farmer
  • Housekeeper
  • Income
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Census Records

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 Lists

There are 19,000 immigration records available for the last name Melville. 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 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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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.

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