The surname of MALLABAN was of the locational group of surnames 'of Malbanc' a place in Cheshire. A certain Ellen de Malbanc was the second wife of Sir Robert de Stokeport, who was living in 1268 in East Cheshire, and a family named Malbon (which is a variant) resided near Mottram in County Cheshire, for many generations. Habitation names were originally acquired by the original bearer of the name, who, having lived by, at or near a place, would then take that name as a form of identification for himself and his family. When people lived close to the soil as they did in the Middle Ages, they were acutely conscious of every local variation in landscape and countryside. Every field or plot of land was identified in normal conversation by a descriptive term. If a man lived on or near a hill or mountain, or by a river or stream, forests and trees, he might receive the word as a family name. Almost every town, city or village early times, has served to name many families. Early records of the name mention William Malbon of Cheshire, who was documented in 1479, and William Malbon (Yeoman) was recorded in the Wills at Chester in 1545. Thomas Malbon was baptised at Prestbury Church, Cheshire in 1586. The acquisition of surnames in Europe during the past eight hundred years has been affected by many factors, including social class and social structure, naming practices in neighbouring cultures, and indigenous cultural tradition. On the whole, the richer and more powerful classes tended to acquire surnames earlier than the working classes and the poor, while surnames were quicker to catch on in urban areas than in more sparsely populated rural areas. These facts suggest that the origin of surnames is associated with the emergence of bureaucracies. As long as land tenure, military service, and fealty were matters of direct relationship between a lord and his vassals, the need did not arise for fixed distinguishing epithets to mark out one carl from another. But as societies became more complex, and as such matters as the management of tenure and in particular the collection of taxes were delegated to special functionaries, it became imperative to have a more complex system of nomenclature to distinguish one individual from another reliably and unambiguously. Henry Gouldsmith and Hanna Malbone were married at St. James's, Clerkenwell, London in 1651.
Robert Mallibone was buried at St. Thomas the Apostle, London in the year 1625.
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