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Maltby Coat of Arms / Maltby Family Crest

Maltby Coat of Arms / Maltby Family Crest

The surname of MALTBY was a locational name from places so called in Cleveland, Lincolnshire and the North Riding of Yorkshire. There is also a place Maultby a spot in County Norfolk where the original bearer of the name may have lived. Local names usually denoted where a man held his land and indicated where he actually lived. The name was originally derived from the Old Norman byname MALTI, and was originally brought into England in the wake of the Norman Invasion of 1066. The acquisition of surnames in Europe and England, during the last eight hundred years has been affected by many factors, including social class and social structure, naming practices in cultures and traditions. On the whole the richer and more powerful classes tended to acquire surnames earlier than the working class or the poor, while surnames were quicker to catch on in urban areas than in more sparsely populated rural areas. The bulk of surnames in England were formed in the 13th and 14th centuries. The process started earlier and continued in place names into the 19th century, but the norm is that in the 11th century people did not have surnames, whereas by the 15th century they did. Early records of the name mention Robert de Maltebi who was recorded in the year 1169 in County Norfolk and Robert de Malteby, was documented in the year 1219 County Yorkshire. Willelmus de Maltby of Yorkshire, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. William Maltby married Mary Westly at St. Mary, Aldermary, London in 1706. There was a Rev. Edward Maltby, bishop of Durham, son of George Maltby of Norwich. The associated arms are recorded in Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884. 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. The lion depicted in the arms is the noblest of all wild beasts which is made to be the emblem of strength and valour, and is on that account the most frequently borne in Coat-Armour.

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