I have seen Ralphs message to Elsie quoting one WFC Melhuish. I have no wish to throw cold water over this attractive version but I came across it many years ago and found it to be somewhat fanciful with many aspects which must be pure fiction. My early research of the family name some 40 years ago unearthed such documents in Exeter library indicating that that there were many students keen to assume romantic associations on no real evidence. The latter I suspect was for consumption by our friends in the US. It is my own belief that our forebears were indigenous Celtic peasant stock of no importance to anybody but their descendants. In my view this ties up with the OE. origin of our name rather more convincingly than attribution to Saxon chiefs and the like. Sorry, but Mr WFCM has, in my opinion a lot to answer for. Regards, Reg.