Meloray History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Meloray is a name whose history dates far back into the mists of early British times to the days of the Anglo-Saxon tribes. It is 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 Meloray family

The surname Meloray 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 Meloray family

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

Meloray Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore,spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Meloray has been recorded under many different variations, including Mallory, Mallorie, Mallorey, Mellory and others.

Early Notables of the Meloray 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...
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Ireland Migration of the Meloray family to Ireland

Some of the Meloray 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.

Migration of the Meloray family

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Meloray or a variant listed above: Capt. Roger Mallory, (c.1637-c. 1696), English immigrant, holder of the 1660 patent on 2,514 acres in New Kent County, Virginia and direct paternal ancestor of thousands of Mallory descendants in North America.



  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)


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