The surname of MALLINSON was a baptismal name 'the descendant of Mall' a pet form of Mary, meaning a well wished for child. Early records of the name mention Malina (without surname) 1212 Northumberland. Malyn del Wilehouse was documented in the year 1277 in Wakefield County Yorkshire and John Richard Malin appears in 1297 in Yorkshire. Richard Malynson of Yorkshire, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. This was a common surname in Aberdeen from the 15th century, and John Malison who possessed a tenement in Dundee in 1427, appears to be the first of the name on record in Scotland. Thomas Malisone was burgess of Aberdeen in 1445, and a payment was made to Wyll Malisoun there in 1435. Thomas Malitesoun and William Malitesoun appear as witnesses in Aberdeen in 1469. Willmus Mallyson was elected councillor in 1475, and John Malisonne was a priest in 1506. During the Middle Ages, when people were unable to read or write, signs were needed for all visual identification. For several centuries city streets in Britain were filled with signs of all kinds, public houses, tradesmen and even private householders found them necessary. This was an age when there were no numbered houses, and an address was a descriptive phrase that made use of a convenient landmark. At this time, coats of arms came into being, for the practical reason that men went into battle heavily armed and were difficult to recognise. It became the custom for them to adorn their helmets with distinctive crests, and to paint their shields with animals and the like. Coats of arms accompanied the development of surnames, becoming hereditary in the same way. Fraunces Mallinsonne was baptised at St. Peter, Cornhill, London in the year 1560, and James Mallison and Mary Dickens were married at St. George's, Hanover Square, London in the year 1777. The name has many variant spellings which include Malleson, Mallison and Malin.
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