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Malise Surname History



The surname Malise is a name that was carried to England in the great wave of migration from Normandy following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Malise family lived in Melhuish in Devon. The surname Malise is a habitation name that was originally derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. The surname originated as a means of identifying individuals from a particular area. In the Middle Ages people often assumed the name of the place that they originally lived as their surname during the course of travel.


Early Origins of the Malise family


The surname Malise was first found in Devon where they held a family seat from ancient times as Lords of the Manor of Melhuish in that shire, some say, well before the Norman Conquest of England in 1066 A.D. The original name of the village was Melewis. Conjecturally the family name is descended from Hugh of Rennes, holder of the village of Melhuish from Baldwin, Sheriff of Devon at the time of the taking of the Domesday Book Survey in 1086 A.D.

Early History of the Malise family


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Malise Spelling Variations


Spelling variations of this family name include: Mellish, Mellise, Melersh, Mellersh, Melluish, Melish, Mellersh, Mellis, Melliss, Meliss, Melles, Meles, Malis, Malise and many more.

Early Notables of the Malise family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Malise family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Aron Melish who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1716; Andrew Meliss landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1811; John and Frederick Mellish settled in New Castle County, Del. in 1854.

Contemporary Notables of the name Malise (post 1700)


  • Rupert Malise Speir (1910-1998), British Conservative Party politician, Member of Parliament for Hexham (1951–1966)
  • Malise Ruthven (b. 1942), Irish academic and writer

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