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Subject: Re: Melnot?
Author: Cleveland Kent Evans   (Authenticated as clevelandkentevans)
Date: March 16, 2011 at 3:56:32 PM
Reply to: Melnot? by fluffien
Your family story has been a bit garbled, because your great grandfather doesn't seem to have been named after an actor, but rather after a character in a play. Perhaps your great-great-grandmother was fond of an actor who played the character.

Claude Melnotte is the hero of a play called The Lady of Lyons by the English author Edward Bulwer-Lytton. You can find information about the play here:

Melnotte does seem to be a real, if rare, French surname.

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