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Where did the English Malott family come from? What is the English Malott family crest and coat of arms? When did the Malott family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Malott family history?

Malott is one of the many new names that came to England following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The name Malott comes from the given name Malle, which is an Old English diminutive of Mary. The name Mary was originally, a Hebrew personal name meaning wished for child. The name Malott is also derived from the given name Malo, a popular form of the name of Saint Maclovius, the 6th century Welsh monk who gave his name to the church of Saint Maclou in Rouen. Personal names derived from the names of saints, apostles, biblical figures, and missionaries are widespread in most European countries. In the Middle Ages, they became increasingly popular because people believed that the souls of the deceased continued to be involved in this world. They named their children after saints in the hope that the child would be blessed or protected by the saint.

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Multitudes of spelling variations are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Mallet, Mallett, Mallit, Mallitt, Malott, Mallot and many more.

First found in Suffolk where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor of Cidestan. William Mallet was one of the greatest landowners in England, having 221 manors in Suffolk alone. He was ancestor of the Mallets of Somerset, Devon, and Cornwall, and those now resident in Jersey. William Mallet was descended from Gerard, a Viking prince and companion of Rollo, the first Duke of Normandy, about 950. They held the castle of Graville near Havre. Maternally, William Mallet was a Saxon, descended from the Earls of Mercia, and more distantly related to Morcar and Edwin, Earls of Northumberland. William Mallet was at the Battle of Hastings, and was instructed by William the Conqueror to take care of the slain King Harold's body. In 1068, he proceeded north with William and led in the reduction of the cities of Nottingham and York.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Malott research. Another 273 words(20 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1290, 1582, 1665, 1614, 1622, 1623, 1686, 1666, 1679, 1681 and 1685 are included under the topic Early Malott History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 109 words(8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Malott Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland, North America, and Australia in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Malott or a variant listed above:

Malott Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Carrie Malott, aged 26, who emigrated to the United States, in 1895
  • Daisy Malott, aged 20, who landed in America, in 1895
  • Eda Malott, aged 22, who emigrated to America, in 1895
  • Katherine Malott, aged 24, who landed in America, in 1895
  • Virginia F. Malott, aged 50, who emigrated to the United States, in 1895


Malott Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Andrew Malott, who settled in America, in 1919

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  • Deane Waldo Malott (1898-1996), American academic and administrator, President of Cornell University, Ithaca, N. Y. (1951-1963)
  • Wesley Clint "Big Nasty" Malott (b. 1976), American professional ten-pin bowler


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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Ma force d'en haut
Motto Translation: My strength is from above.

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The Malott Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Malott Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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