Ancestry.com gives two possible origins for the surname Malan: 1. French: nickname from Old French malan(t) ‘sore’, ‘ulcer’ (Latin malandria). 2. Czech and Slovak: nickname for a small man, a derivative of malý (see Maly).
In South Africa we trace it back to French Huguenot and Dutch settlers, not Czech ... and I could readily imagine someone wanting to use the ln Malan as a fn, having a girl, and (probably inspired by Melania or just Melanie, which does indeed have a Greek origin) tweaking the ending to make it look fem. Here we'd say mah LAHN ee ah, since we pronounce the ln as mah LAHN.
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Malania - mermaidwriter1000 Mar 17 2009, 3:49:14 PM
Re: Malania - Anneza Mar 17 2009, 10:48:10 PM
Re: Malania - mermaidwriter1000 Mar 19 2009, 9:32:40 AM