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Updated June 9, 2019

Family name origins & meanings

  • 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.

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