Updated June 9, 2019

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Family name origins & meanings

  • German : from a humanist translation of Schwarzmann ‘black man’ into a Greek compound derived from melas ‘black’ + anēr ‘man’, ‘male’, genitive andros.
  • Swedish : either the same as 1, or an ornamental name composed of the elements Mel-, an unexplained element of Swedish place names, + -ander, a popular learned surname suffix, taken from Greek andr- ‘man’.