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From an Anglo-Norman nickname for an unfortunate person Maillorie, Malleorre, corresponding to the Old French adjective maleüré (unhappy, unlucky), from Old French noun maleür (unhappiness, bad luck), French malheur.

Preceding is a longstanding misconception; actually Mallory, spelled "maloret" (silent "t") in the Exon Domesday, derives from Old East Norse "meleret" (silent "t") which is a toponym found in the Cotentin, Normandy, France and means (loosely translated):"fine gravel/grey hills near woodlands".

Proper noun[edit]


  1. An English surname​. of Norman origin.
  2. A male given name transferred from the surname.
  3. A female given name transferred from the surname.
  4. (cryptography) Often the malicious party in examples of threat scenarios (synonym: Mallet). See Alice and Bob.