Mallett History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Today's generation of the Mallett family bears a name that was brought to England by the wave of emigration that was started by the Norman Conquest of 1066. It 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 Mallett 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.

Early Origins of the Mallett family

The surname Mallett was first found in Suffolk where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor of Cidestan. William, Lord Malet of Greville 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. [1] In 1068, he proceeded north with William and led in the reduction of the cities of Nottingham and York.

Important Dates for the Mallett family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mallett research. Another 137 words (10 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 Mallett History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Mallett Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Mallett have been found, including Mallet, Mallett, Mallit, Mallitt, Malott, Mallot and many more.

Early Notables of the Mallett family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir Thomas Malet (1582-1665) was an English judge and politician from Poyntington, Somerset, Solicitor General to Queen Henrietta Maria, imprisoned in the Tower of...
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Mallett migration to the United States

For many English families, the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland, Australia, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Mallett were among those contributors:

Mallett Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • William Mallett, who arrived in Virginia in 1633 [2]
  • William Mallett, who settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Robert Mallett, who landed in Virginia in 1653 [2]
  • Jenkin Mallett, who landed in Maryland in 1656 [2]
  • Mathew Mallett, who arrived in Maryland in 1665 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Mallett Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Martha Mallett, who landed in Virginia in 1701 [2]
  • Gideon Mallett, who arrived in South Carolina in 1739 [2]

Mallett migration to Australia

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

Mallett Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Miss Celia Ann Mallett, (b. 1885), aged Infant, Cornish settler travelling aboard the ship "Wistow Hall" arriving in Queensland, Australia on 25th August 1885 [3]
  • Mrs. Christina Mallett, (b. 1860), aged 25, Cornish settler travelling aboard the ship "Wistow Hall" arriving in Queensland, Australia on 25th August 1885 [3]
  • Mr. John Mallett, (b. 1861), aged 24, Cornish settler travelling aboard the ship "Wistow Hall" arriving in Queensland, Australia on 25th August 1885 [3]
  • Mr. John Mallett, (b. 1865), aged 21, Cornish settler travelling aboard the ship "Scottish Hero" arriving in Queensland, Australia on 3rd August 1886 [3]

Mallett 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:

Mallett Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mary J. Mallett, aged 22, a servant, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ocean Mail" in 1875
  • John Mallett, aged 28, a farm labourer, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Caroline" in 1876
  • Harriet Mallett, aged 24, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Caroline" in 1876
  • Annie Mallett, aged 5, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Caroline" in 1876
  • Linda E. Mallett, aged 1, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Caroline" in 1876
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Mallett (post 1700)

  • Jerry Mallett (1939-2015), American educator, founder of the Mazza Museum
  • Brigadier-General Pierre Mallett (1893-1969), American Commanding Officer Artillery 85th Division (1943-1945) [4]
  • G Herbert Mallett (d. 1999), American politician, Mayor of Rutherford, N. J. (1960-64)
  • Lydia G. Mallett, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 2008 [5]
  • G. Herbert Mallett (1906-1999), American politician, Mayor of Rutherford, New Jersey, 1960-64; Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly, 1964-66 [5]
  • Edward J. Mallett, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at Providence, Rhode Island, 1831-45 [5]
  • Edward B. Mallett Jr., American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Maine, 1888 [5]
  • David F. Mallett, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1956; Candidate for Secretary of State of Illinois, 1956 [5]
  • Conrad L. Mallett Jr. (b. 1953), American Democrat politician, Justice of Michigan State Supreme Court, 1990-99; Appointed 1990; Resigned 1999; Chief Justice of Michigan State Supreme Court, 1997-99 [5]
  • Conrad Mallett, American Democrat politician, Member of Michigan Democratic State Central Committee, 1973-77 [5]
  • ... (Another 8 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Citations

  1. ^ Burke, John Bernard, The Roll of Battle Abbey. London: Edward Churton, 26, Holles Street, 1848, Print.
  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. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retreived 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_australia_queensland.pdf
  4. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2012, April 11) Pierre Mallett. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Mallett/Pierre/USA.html
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 10) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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