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Updated June 9, 2019

Family name origins & meanings

  • Italian : probably from a short form of a personal name ending with the hypocoristic suffix -ello, such as Giacomello.
  • Portuguese : variant spelling of Melo.
  • Dutch and Belgian (van Mello) : habitational name from Mellelo, a place named for a wood near Melle in East Flanders (see Melle 3) + lo ‘grove’.

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