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This interesting name has a number of possible origins. The first of these is from Malet, a medieval diminutive form of "Mal(le)", itself a pet form of Mary. The second is Norman in origin, from the Old French personal name "Malhard", from the Germanic elements "madal", council, with "hard", hardy, brave, strong. Malet can also be derived from either of two Old French nicknames: the first from the Old French "maleit", meaning "accused", and applied to an unfortunate person, and the second from "ma(i)let", a nickname for a fearsome warrior, or a metonymic occupational name for a Smith, derived from "ma(i)l", hammer...

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