Show ContentsMalloch History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Malloch is a very old Scottish name that may even date back to the Dalriadan tribe of Scotland's western coast and Hebrides islands. It comes from the given name Gregory. The Gaelic form of the name was Mac Griogain, which translates as son of Gregory.

Early Origins of the Malloch family

The surname Malloch was first found in Argyllshire (Gaelic erra Ghaidheal), the region of western Scotland corresponding roughly with the ancient Kingdom of Dál Riata, in the Strathclyde region of Scotland, now part of the Council Area of Argyll and Bute, as their origins can be traced back to Griogair, son of the eighth century King Alpin of Scotland, the High King of the Scots and Picts who died in 860 AD. Hence, their famous motto translates from Gaelic as 'Royal is my blood.' They are the principal branch of the Siol Alpine whose representative, King Kenneth the Hardy, was son of MacAlpin, the first King of the Scots.

Early History of the Malloch family

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Malloch Spelling Variations

Spelling variations are a very common occurrence in records of early Scottish names. They result from the repeated and inaccurate translations that many names went through in the course of various English occupations of Scotland. Malloch has been spelled MacGregor, MacGrigor, MacGrioghair (Gaelic) and others.

Early Notables of the Malloch family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Malloch family to Ireland

Some of the Malloch family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Malloch migration to the United States +

Numerous Scottish settlers settled along the east coast of the colonies that would become the United States and Canada. Others traveled to the open country of the west. At the time of the American War of Independence, some remained in the United States, while those who remained loyal to the crown went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The highland games and Clan societies that sprang up across North America in the 20th century have helped many Scots to recover parts of their lost traditions. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Mallochs to arrive in North America:

Malloch Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Andrew Malloch, who arrived in New York in 1809 [1]
  • Grace Malloch, aged 21, who landed in America, in 1896
  • John Malloch, aged 31, who immigrated to the United States, in 1896
Malloch Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Christina Malloch, aged 35, who immigrated to America from Paisley, in 1903
  • Alice Muriel Malloch, aged 30, who settled in America from London, in 1905
  • Andrew Murray Malloch, aged 42, who landed in America from Glasgow, in 1905
  • Alice M. Malloch, who landed in America, in 1906
  • Christian Malloch, aged 35, who immigrated to the United States from Sussex, in 1906
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Malloch migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Malloch Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Donald Malloch U.E. who settled in Digdeguash, Passamaquoddy Bay, St Patrick's Parish, Charlotte County, NB c. 1784 member of the 74th Regiment, listed with the Loyalists and Disbanded Soldiers whose names appear as Passamaquoddy New Brunswick Loyalists [2]

New Zealand Malloch 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:

Malloch Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • D. Malloch, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Three Bells" arriving in Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 13th July 1858 [3]
  • Mr. John Malloch, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Storm Cloud" arriving in Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 30th July 1861 [3]
  • Mrs. Jane Malloch, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Storm Cloud" arriving in Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 30th July 1861 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Malloch (post 1700) +

  • Douglas Malloch (1877-1938), American poet, short-story writer
  • Theodore Roosevelt "Ted" Malloch (b. 1952), American Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Global Fiduciary Governance LLC
  • Jordan Malloch (b. 1978), American sprint canoer at the 2000 Summer Olympics
  • John Russell Malloch (1875-1963), Scottish entomologist who specialized in Diptera
  • Trevor Stuart Malloch QSM (1928-2020), New Zealand cricketer who played in two first-class matches for Wellington in 1953
  • Curtis Malloch, Canadian politician, MLA for Charlotte-Campobello, New Brunswick
  • David Malloch (d. 1765), Scottish poet and dramatist
  • Edward Malloch (1801-1867), Scottish-born, Canadian merchant and politician in Upper Canada; he represented Carleton in the Legislative Assembly of Upper Canada from 1834 to 1841
  • Katie Malloch, Canadian broadcaster for CBC, former host of Tonic, a nightly jazz program on CBC Radio 2

Empress of Ireland
  • Mr. Charles Malloch (1876-1914), British First Class Passenger returning from Lardo, British Columbia, Canada who survived the sinking on the Empress of Ireland [4]

The Malloch 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: 'S Rioghal Mo Dhream
Motto Translation: Royal is my blood.

  1. 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)
  2. Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  3. New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from
  4. Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 17) . Retrieved from on Facebook