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Subject: Re: surnames Melia & O'Melia
Author: Jim Young   (guest)
Date: July 24, 2005 at 3:32 PM
Reply to: Re: surnames Melia & O'Melia by Sean Foglai

The "chief" suggestion is a distinct possibility. There was an Old Irish word, MAL, which meant "chief", no doubt derived from maglios. Maille could be later development or a genitive form.

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