MALLISON 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. Hereditary surnames were originally imported from France into England during the Norman Conquest of 1066. In the two centuries or so after the Conquest surnames were acquired by most families of major landholders, and many landed families of lesser importance. There appears to have been a constant trickle of migration into Britain between about the years 1200 and 150O, mostly from France and the Low Countries, with a small number of migrants from Scandinavia, Germany, Italy and the Iberian peninsular, and occasional individuals from further afield. During this period groups of aliens settled in this country as for example, the Germans who from the late 15th century onwards settled in Cumbria to work the metal mines. Immigration during this time had only a small effect on the body of surnames used in Britain. In many cases, the surnames of immigrants were thoroughly Anglicised. The late sixteenth century saw the arrival, mostly in London and the south-coast ports of large numbers of people fleeing from the war regions of France. 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, Mallinson and Malin.
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