Malory History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Malory is a name whose history is entwined with the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It was a name for a person who was known for bad luck and an unhappy disposition having derived from the Old French word malheure meaning unhappy or unlucky.

Alternatively the name could have originally be Norman, having derived from "Maloures or Malesoures near St. Brieux in Brittany. Durand de Malesoure lived there c. 1040. He had two sons, who came to England in 1066: 1. Adam Fitz Durand who held Essex, 1086; and Fulcher de Maloure, whose barony was in Rutland, and who held Northamptonshire from the Countess Judith at the same date." [1]

"The Mallores were seated for many generations in Leicestershire, where they affixed their name to Kirkby Mallory." [2]

Early Origins of the Malory family

The surname Malory was first found in Leicestershire at Kirkby-Mallory, a parish, in the union of Market-Bosworth, hundred of Sparkenhoe. "This place derived its name from the family of Malory, its ancient lords, the first of whom noticed in history was Geoffrey, father of Sir Ankitell Malory, Knt., governor of Leicester Castle under Robert Blanchmains, Earl of Leicester, in the reign of Henry II." [3]

Another source expands this story in more detail. "The first of the family that I have met with was Geoffrey, father of Sir Anchitel Mallory, who, being governer of the town and castle of Leicester under Robert Blanchemains in the time of the rebellion against Henry II., marked thence to Northampton, and after a sharp fight, having defeated the burghers there, returned to Leicester with the spoils and plunder of that town; for which his lands being forfeited, they were in 1174 seized by the King. Nor was he ever restored to them." [2]

Henry his son, paying a fine of sixty marks to King John obtained full restitution of the manor of Kirkby Malloy and his father's lands in this county and Warwickshire.

Later Richard Mallorei was found in Nottinghamshire c. 1155 and almost twenty years later, William Maleuerei was listed in the Pipe Rolls of Yorkshire in 1170. [4]

During the reign of Henry III., Anketil de Malore was listed in Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Yorkshire. About the same time, Robert Malhore, or Mallore, or Mallori, or Mallory, or Mallure was found in Northamptonshire. The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 list Anketil Malore in Shropshire and Crispiane Malure in Leicestershire. Later, the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls listed Johannes Malore, Alicia filius Johannes Maulore and Peter Mature (Herefordshire.) [5]

Early History of the Malory family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Malory research. Another 80 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1405, 1471, 1564, 1610, 1655, 1640, 1642 and 1444 are included under the topic Early Malory History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Malory Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Malory were recorded, including Mallory, Mallorie, Mallorey, Mellory and others.

Early Notables of the Malory family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: Sir Richard Malorye, Lord mayor of London in 1564; and Sir John Mallory (1610-1655), an English politician who sat in the House of Commons (1640-1642), fought on the Royalist side in the English Civil War. Sir Christopher Mallory (son of Sir William and a daughter of Lord Zouche) acquired great estates in North...
Another 59 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Malory Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Malory family to Ireland

Some of the Malory family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Malory migration to the United States +

To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Malory family emigrate to North America:

Malory Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • W C Malory, aged 26, who arrived in Key West, Fla in 1838 [6]


  1. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  2. ^ Cleveland, Dutchess of The Battle Abbey Roll with some Account of the Norman Lineages. London: John Murray, Abermarle Street, 1889. Print. Volume 2 of 3
  3. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  4. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  5. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  6. ^ 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)


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