Mallet Name & History

Origin:

French

History:

1. From a pet form of the personal name Malo, which is from the personal name Malo, which was relatively popular in Brittany in the Middle Ages, having been borne by a 6th-century Welsh missionary to the area. His name is also recorded in the Latinized form Maclovius, and perhaps has some connection with Celtic megalos chief, leader.
2. Variant of Malette, which is 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.
3. From Old French ma(i)let (mallet hammer), diminutive of ma(i)l (Latin malleus) either a metonymic occupational name for a smith, or possibly a nickname for a fearsome warrior.
4. Nickname for an unlucky person, from Old French maleit accursed (Latin maledictus, the opposite of benedictus blessed).

References:

-www.ancestry.com (accessed July 31, 2010)