Origin of the Name Mell
The ancient history of the name Mell
was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives. Variants of Mell include Melles, Mellows, Mellis, Mellish, Malise and Meliss. This name in Irish is 'Maol Iosa', meaning 'servant of Jesus' and the latter variants are the anglicized forms of this. This sept came from Longford and Westmeath.
A sept or clan is a collective term describing a group of persons whose immediate ancestors bore a common surname and inhabited the same territory. Irish septs and clans that are related often belong to even larger groups, sometimes called tribes.
In O'Dugan's Topographical Poem he mentions Mag Maoiliosa as Chief of the district on the borders of the present Counties of Longford and Westmeath, the name now being obsolete there. The first recording of the name was in the person of the Archbishop of Armagh from 1270 to 1303 his name being Nicholas Mac Maoil Iosa. In Scotland the name still survives in the forms Mellis and Malise and was first recorded in a Gillemycell Malys who was a tailor in the year 1481.
The Mell coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Mell descendants.