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Early Origins of the Malden family

The surname Malden was first found in Essex at Maldon, a town on the Blackwater estuary. The town dates back to the early 10th century where it was first listed as Maeldune and as Maldon in the Anglo Saxon Chronicle. By the time of the Domesday Book, the town was listed as Malduna and literally meant "hill with a crucifix" from the Old English words mael + dun. [1] One of the first records of the surname was found in the year 1236 when Robert Maldon held lands in that area.

Early History of the Malden family

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Malden Spelling Variations

Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Malden include Maldon, Malden, Maulden, Mauldon, Mauldin, Maulden and many more.

Early Notables of the Malden family (pre 1700)

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United States Malden migration to the United States +

Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Malden or a variant listed above:

Malden Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Malden, who settled in Vriginia in 1652
  • John Malden, who landed in Virginia in 1652 [2]
  • Hugh Malden, who arrived in Virginia in 1694
Malden Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Michael Malden, who arrived in New York in 1808 [2]
  • James M Malden, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1867 [2]

Canada Malden migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Malden Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Jane Malden, aged 28, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the brig "Thomas Hanford" from Cork, Ireland

Australia Malden migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Malden Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

Contemporary Notables of the name Malden (post 1700) +

  • Karl Malden (1912-2009), Emmy Award-winning, Oscar-winning and Golden Globe-nominated American actor
  • Malden Sekulovich (1913-2009), birth name of Karl Malden, American Academy Award winning actor

  1. Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. Convict Records of Australia. Retrieved 1st February 2021 from on Facebook