Show ContentsMaltby History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The lineage of the name Maltby begins with the Anglo-Saxon tribes in Britain. It is a result of when they lived in the region of Maultby in various counties throughout England. Maltby is a topographic surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. Habitation names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties.

Early Origins of the Maltby family

The surname Maltby was first found in Yorkshire at Maltby (Maultby) a former mining town and civil parish in South Yorkshire and/or at Maltby a village and civil parish in North Yorkshire. Maltby is also a hamlet in the East Lindsey district of Lincolnshire. The Yorkshire locals are by far the larger of the place names. There are three distinct listings in the Domesday Book of 1086 and all are spelt Maltbi.

The place name literally means "farmstead or village of a man called Malti," or "where the malt is made." [1]

"This place was formerly the residence of a family of the same name, who continued in possession for several generations." [2]

The parish of Acaster-Malbais in the union of York, partly in the Ainsty wapentake in the West Riding of Yorkshire was home to another branch of the family. "This place partly derives its name from the family of Malby, who flourished here for some centuries after the Conquest, until at length a daughter and heiress was married to Fairfax of Walton, created Viscount Emley." [2]

"The manor of Ayton, in Cleveland, was, soon after Domesday, granted to the ancient family of Malebisse, and was held of the King i7i capite et dehonore. There was anciently a chapel here, built by Sir William Malebisse about the year 1215." Grave's Cleveland.

"Richard Malebisse in 1131 held one fee of the Honour of Eye (Rotul. Pip.) ; and his brother Hugh (Richard ii.'s father) made his will in 1138. They had large estates in various parts of the county, and others in Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire, where they held Kyneton of the Honour of Richmond." Gale's Richmondshire.

"Acaster Malbis, near York, which alone keeps the name in remembrance, is believed to have been one of their residences; and the second Richard had a house close to the city, at Clementhorpe on the Ouse. In 1191 he and his brother Hugh were excommunicated by the Pope as adherents and abettors of Prince John ; but he contrived to make his peace with the authorities, and in 1198 founded a Praemonstratensian Abbey at Newbo in Lincolnshire, endowing it with all his lands in the village of Newbo, the churches of Acaster, and Kyneton. John Malebisse was Joint-Sheriff of Yorkshire in 1314." [3]

Early History of the Maltby family

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Maltby Spelling Variations

Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Maltby has undergone many spelling variations, including Maltby, Maltbie, Maltbe, Maultsby, Maltsby, Maltbey, Malebisse and many more.

Early Notables of the Maltby family (pre 1700)

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Maltby Ranking

In the United States, the name Maltby is the 18,583rd most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [4]

United States Maltby migration to the United States +

To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. 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 Maltby were among those contributors:

Maltby Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Maltby, who settled in Salem, Massachusetts in 1630 along with Robert and William
Maltby Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William Maltby, aged 49, who arrived in New York in 1812 [5]
  • Samuel Maltby, who settled in Fairfield, Conn. in 1820
  • Albert Maltby, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1871 [5]

Australia Maltby migration to Australia +

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

Maltby Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Maltby, English convict who was convicted in York, Yorkshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Countess of Harcourt" on 29th April 1828, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [6]
  • Mr. George Maltby, English convict who was convicted in Cambridgeshire, England for 10 years, transported aboard the "Equestrian" on 30th June 1845, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Island) [7]
  • Sarah Maltby, aged 17, a servant, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Sultana" in 1850 [8]

Contemporary Notables of the name Maltby (post 1700) +

  • Samuel DeWitt Maltby (1852-1912), American Republican politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from North Branford, 1911-12 [9]
  • Samuel Maltby, American politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Branford, 1830 [9]
  • Ralph B. Maltby, American Republican politician, Elected Mayor of Bronxville, New York 1951 [9]
  • DeGrass Maltby, American politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from East Haven, 1833 [9]
  • C. P. Maltby, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Colorado, 1912 (Honorary Vice-President; speaker) [9]
  • Benjamin J. Maltby, American Republican politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from North Branford; Elected 1906 [9]
  • Benjamin Maltby, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Erie County 4th District, 1856 [9]
  • Mr. William E. Maltby, British Councillor, held the position of Sheriff of Nottingham, England from 1955 to 1956
  • Ralph Maltby, renowned American golf equipment designer listed by Golf Digest magazine as one of the 36 most powerful men in golf
  • Kirk Maltby (b. 1972), Canadian retired NHL ice hockey player who spent 14 seasons with the Red Wings, helping them win 4 Stanley Cup titles
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  2. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. Cleveland, Dutchess of The Battle Abbey Roll with some Account of the Norman Lineages. London: John Murray, Abermarle Street, 1889. Print. Volume 3 of 3
  4. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  5. 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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  7. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 9th May 2022).
  8. State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SULTANA 1850. Retrieved
  9. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 8) . Retrieved from on Facebook