Malin History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Irish surnames are all based on the Gaelic language native to Ireland. The original Gaelic form of the name Malin is O Meallain, which is derived from the word meall, which means pleasant.

Early Origins of the Malin family

The surname Malin was first found in County Tyrone (Irish:Tír Eoghain), the ancient territory of the O'Neills, now in the Province of Ulster, central Northern Ireland, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Early History of the Malin family

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Malin Spelling Variations

Within the archives researched, many different spelling variations of the surname Malin were found. These included One reason for the many variations is that scribes and church officials often spelled an individual's name as it sounded. This imprecise method often led to many versions. Mallon, O'Mallon, O'Malin, O'Mellan, Malin, Mellan and many more.

Early Notables of the Malin family (pre 1700)

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Malin Ranking

In the United States, the name Malin is the 10,875th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1] However, in France, the name Malin is ranked the 9,022nd most popular surname with an estimated 500 - 1,000 people with that name. [2]


United States Malin migration to the United States +

During the 19th century thousands of impoverished Irish families made the long journey to British North America and the United States. These people were leaving a land that had become beset with poverty, lack of opportunity, and hunger. In North America, they hoped to find land, work, and political and religious freedoms. Although the majority of the immigrants that survived the long sea passage did make these discoveries, it was not without much perseverance and hard work: by the mid-19th century land suitable for agriculture was short supply, especially in British North America, in the east; the work available was generally low paying and physically taxing construction or factory work; and the English stereotypes concerning the Irish, although less frequent and vehement, were, nevertheless, present in the land of freedom, liberty, and equality for all men. The largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s. Research into passenger and immigration lists has brought forth evidence of the early members of the Malin family in North America:

Malin Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Francis Malin, who arrived in Maryland in 1653 [3]
  • Edw Malin, who landed in Virginia in 1663 [3]
  • Morgan Malin, who arrived in Virginia in 1663 [3]
  • Randle Malin, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1682 [3]
  • John Malin, who arrived in Maryland in 1683 [3]
Malin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William Malin, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811 [3]
  • Jeronimo De Malin, who landed in America in 1815 [3]
  • Bridget Malin, aged 20, who arrived in New York, NY in 1850 [3]
  • Edward, James, Patrick, William Malin, who all, who arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860
  • Edward Malin, who settled in Philadelphia in 1876
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Malin Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Elisabeth Malin, aged 59, who arrived in America, in 1905
  • Celia M. Malin, who arrived in America, in 1906
  • Arvo Malin, aged 3, who arrived in America from Stockholm, Sweden, in 1907
  • Bassie Malin, aged 11, who arrived in America from Benditshew, Russia, in 1907
  • Ada Malin, aged 24, who arrived in America from Neboga, Sweden, in 1908
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Malin migration to Australia +

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

Malin Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Joseph Malin, British convict who was convicted in Warwick, England for 14 years, transported aboard the "Asia" on 29th September 1831, settling in New South Wales, Australia [4]

New Zealand Malin migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Malin Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Charles Malin, aged 36, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Woodlark" in 1874
  • Patience Malin, aged 28, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Woodlark" in 1874
  • William Malin, aged 8, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Woodlark" in 1874
  • Harry Malin, aged 6, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Woodlark" in 1874
  • Agnes E. Malin, aged 3 months, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Woodlark" in 1874

Contemporary Notables of the name Malin (post 1700) +

  • Mike "Boogie" Malin (b. 1970), American actor and television personality
  • Michael C. Malin (b. 1950), American astronomer, space-scientist, CEO and founder of Malin Space Science Systems; he designed and ran the orbiting Mars camera which took more than 212,000 high-resolution photos of Mars
  • Jesse Malin (b. 1968), American rock musician
  • Irving Malin, American educator and literary critic, New York City
  • P. K. Malin, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kentucky, 1912 [5]
  • Morris Malin, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate in primary for Michigan State Senate 5th District, 1940 [5]
  • Michael H. Malin, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1972 [5]
  • Celeste Malin, American Republican politician, Member of Michigan Republican State Central Committee, 1959 [5]
  • A. F. Malin, American politician, Mayor of Arcadia, California, 1938-39 [5]
  • Mr. John Malin, British sheriff, held the joint position of Sheriff of Nottingham, England from 1681 to 1682
  • ... (Another 10 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Hood
  • Mr. Walter G Malin (b. 1922), English Telegraphist serving for the Royal Navy from Warwick, Warwickshire, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [6]


  1. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  2. ^ http://www.journaldesfemmes.com/nom-de-famille/nom/
  3. ^ 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)
  4. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 12th January 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1831
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 10) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  6. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm


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