The MacGREGORS of Balhaldie are known as Macian MHALLICH or VALLICH, which means 'the son of John with the bushy eyebrows', who died in the year 1523. The name is also spelt MALLET, MALLET, MALLOCK, MALOCH and MAYLOCH. Other records of the name include John MALYOCH, who was a tenant of the lands of Parcyis in 1473, and in 1589 John MALOCHE was recorded in Blakrithven. Helen MALLOCHE was the spouse of Robert Libingstoun, who was a merchant and the burgess of Edinburgh in 1628. Andro MALLOCH was a schoolmaster in Auchterdirran in 1648. Many factors contributed to the establishment of a surname system. For generations after the Norman Conquest of 1066 a very few dynasts and magnates passed on hereditary surnames, but the main of the population, with a wide choice of first-names out of Celtic, Old English, Norman and Latin, avoided ambiguity without the need for a second name. As society became more stabilized, there was property to leave in wills, the towns and villages grew and the labels that had served to distinguish a handful of folk in a friendly village were not adequate for a teeming slum where perhaps most of the householders were engaged in the same monotonous trade, so not even their occupations could distinguish them, and some first names were gaining a tiresome popularity, especially Thomas after 1170. The hereditary principle in surnames gained currency first in the South, and the poorer folk were slower to apply it. By the 14th century however, most of the population had acquired a second name. Other records of the name in England include Gawen MALLET of County Somerset who registered at Oxford University in 1619. Anthony MALLETT married Margaret Meredith, St. James's, Clerkenwell, London in 1619. In the Middle Ages heraldry came into use as a practical matter. It originated in the devices used to distinguish the armoured warriors in tournament and war, and was also placed on seals as marks of identity. As far as records show, true heraldry began in the middle of the 12th century, and appeared almost simultaneously in several countries of Western Europe.
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