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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.

Mallett Early Origins



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]CITATION[CLOSE]
Burke, John Bernard, The Roll of Battle Abbey. London: Edward Churton, 26, Holles Street, 1848, Print.
In 1068, he proceeded north with William and led in the reduction of the cities of Nottingham and York.

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Mallett Spelling Variations


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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.

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Mallett Early History


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Mallett Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mallett 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 Mallett History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Mallett Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Mallett Early Notables (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...

Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Mallett Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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
  • William Mallett settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Robert Mallett, who landed in Virginia in 1653
  • Jenkin Mallett, who landed in Maryland in 1656
  • Mathew Mallett, who arrived in Maryland in 1665
  • ... (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
  • Gideon Mallett, who arrived in South Carolina in 1739

Mallett Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

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

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Contemporary Notables of the name Mallett (post 1700)


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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)
  • Lydia G. Mallett, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 2008
  • G. Herbert Mallett (1906-1999), American politician, Mayor of Rutherford, New Jersey, 1960-64; Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly, 1964-66
  • Edward J. Mallett, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at Providence, Rhode Island, 1831-45
  • Edward B. Mallett Jr., American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Maine, 1888
  • David F. Mallett, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1956; Candidate for Secretary of State of Illinois, 1956
  • 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
  • Conrad Mallett, American Democrat politician, Member of Michigan Democratic State Central Committee, 1973-77
  • Albert B. Mallett, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Bridgewater, 1910
  • ... (Another 8 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Motto


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Motto



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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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Burke, John Bernard, The Roll of Battle Abbey. London: Edward Churton, 26, Holles Street, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  2. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  3. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  4. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  5. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  6. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  7. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  8. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  9. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  10. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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The Mallett Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Mallett 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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