German surname search
I am looking for information on the last name Meklune. I was told that my family came from Germany between 90-100 years ago with the last name Meklune. I have not been able to find any information on this name and upon some more qestioning I was told that the name might have been changed upon arrival here in the states
Thier suggestions of what the name might have been before coming here: Macklune, McKlune, Macaloney/Macaloni, Macalone/Macaloney. Unfortunately there isn't any family left for me to gather such information from. I don't really know much except that they are originally from Germany.
If anyone has any information about this name, know someone with the last name or where I might be able to find such information please let me know. I'd really like to find out more about my family name. I have successfully done so on one side of the family, now I'm working in the other. Thanks in advance for all of your help.

This message was edited 5/18/2007, 1:01 PM

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There does seem to be a dearth of information on this name. The only references on the web are to Americans, no Germans. The site I find useful for American versions of European names is but but they have no entry for Meklune.
For some reason I keep thinking it has a Baltic appearance, Lithuanian or Latvian or even old Prussian. The nearest I can find is Mikalunas (Lithuanian), denoting descent from someone called Michael.
I don't think the Mac- origin can be dimissed out of hand. The Baltic seaport of Elbing in Prussia - now Elblag in Poland - was founded and populated by Scots merchants and traders. I believe some Scottish surnames survive in altered form. Certainly the Scots name MacLeod survived in Poland as Machlejd.
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There is a river in central California named the MOKELUMNE, but that is american indian.
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