The surname of MELLOR was a locational name 'of Mellor' a chapelry in the parish of Glossop, near Manchester and 'of Mellor' a township in the parish of Blackburn, County Lancashire. Local names usually denoted where a man held his land, and indicated where they actually lived. Early records of the name mention Hugo Mellor who was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379 Willelmus de Mellor appears in the name document. Originally the coat of arms identified the wearer, either in battle or in tournaments. Completely covered in body and facial armour the knight could be spotted and known by the insignia painted on his shield, and embroidered on his surcoat, the draped garment which enveloped him. Between the 11th and 15th centuries it became customary for surnames to be assumed in Europe, but were not commonplace in England or Scotland before the Norman Conquest of 1066. They are to be found in the Domesday Book of 1086. Those of gentler blood assumed surnames at this time, but it was not until the reign of Edward II (1307-1327) that second names became general practice for all people. At first the coat of arms was a practical matter which served a function on the battlefield and in tournaments. With his helmet covering his face, and armour encasing the knight from head to foot, the only means of identification for his followers, was the insignia painted on his shield and embroidered on his surcoat, the draped and flowing garment worn over the armour. Later instances of the name include Edward Mellor of Oldham, Lancashire who was listed in the Wills at Chester in 1588. Charles Wynne married Elizabeth Mellor at Canterbury, Kent in 1677. The name is also spelt Meller. It has long been a matter of doubt when the bearing of coats of arms first became hereditary and it was not until the Crusades that Heraldry came into general use. Men went into battle heavily armed and were difficult to recognise. It became the custom for them to adorn their helmets with distinctive crests, and to paint their shields with animals and the like. Coats of arms accompanied the development of surnames, becoming hereditary in the same way. Arms registered at Ideridgehay and Derby.
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