Last name origins & meanings:
- 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’.
- The American novelist Herman Melville (1819–91) was a descendant
of the Scottish Melvilles. His maternal grandfather was the revolutionary war general Peter Gansevoort (b. 1749 in Albany, NY). His paternal grandfather was Maj. Thomas Melville of Boston.
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