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Origin and popularity of the name MALLET


Mallet : 1: French: nickname from a diminutive of Mal ‘bad’. Alternatively from a derivative of the related Old French word maleit ‘accursed’ (from Latin maledictus the opposite of benedictus ‘blessed’) applied as a nickname for an unlucky person. Compare Malet 1.2: French: variant of Malet 2 an Old French pet form of the personal name Malo.3: French: from a diminutive of Old French male ‘trunk chest coffer’. This may have been a metonymic occupational name for a maker of chests or by extension for a carrier. Compare Malet 3.4: French: variant of Mailletmallet’ used as a metonymic occupational name for a smith or as a nickname for a fearsome warrior (see English Mallett 2).5: English (Jersey and London; also Norfolk): variant of Mallett mostly of Old French and Norman origin (see above).


Source : DAFN2 : Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, ©2022 by Patrick Hanks and Oxford University Press
FANBI : The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain, ©2021, University of the West of England

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