A rare masculine name from England's north; it means "little warrior".
It is very scarce outside of the South Yorkshire city of Sheffield and its surrounding towns, however, within this range, it was far more widely used - never common, but present nonetheless. Malin has been in use there as a boy's name for at least five hundred years - cf the selection of christening information presented below:
Malin Jackson - 11 May 1586, Sheffield
Malin Berry - 15 Mar 1629, Sheffield
Malin Chapman - 12 Aug 1637, Sheffield
Malin Gillott - 11 Mar 1691, Sheffield
Malin Horrabin - 17 Jan 1706, Sheffield
Malin Wilkinson - 24 May 1729, Throapham
Malin Middleton - 9 May 1763, Snaith
Malin Oxley - 17 Sep 1764, Pontefract
Malin Ankes - 22 Oct 1819, Doncaster
Malin Maxfield - 28 May 1820, Wadworth
Malin Blackburn - 1 Nov 1850, Oughtibridge
> christening data obtained from FamilySearch.org.
Note that this name has no connection with the Scandinavian girl's name Malin
, which is a short form of the French Madeleine