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Variant spellings include Malerie, Mallery, Mallorie, Mallori, Mallerie, Malleri, and Malorie.
-- Anonymous User  3/25/2005
After considerable research, I am convinced that the "meaning" of "unfortunate" for this name is entirely in error and the victim of seriously sloppy syllabic interpretation. Mallory is indeed a French surname coming over to England with the Normans. Almost all Norman surnames were derived from a place name, and Mallory is no exception. There were at least two villages in France at that time called "Meillorie" (possible spelling). This village name is again derived from the linen breaking mills (meillories in French) that were located at these villages. Meillorie is from the ancient Latin root 'molere' (mele-), meaning to crush or grind with a turning motion, a mill. Simple deduction leads to the conclusion that, far from meaning 'unfortunate', Mallory means 'crusher'!
-- biloxi33406  9/7/2005
As I understand it, the reason experts on surnames believe that Mallory comes from the Old French word for "unlucky" is that all the earliest examples give the surname without any preposition. If it came from a place name, one would expect to find examples of persons with the name in medieval records where the name was given as "de Maloret". Plus all the early examples I've seen published do have a, not e, as the vowel in the first syllable. The oldest example, from Domesday Book in 1086, spells the name Maloret. So unless "biloxi" can find medieval references using "de" or with "e" in the first syllable, the expert opinion seems more likely to me.
-- clevelandkentevans  10/14/2005
I always loved the name Mallory - ever since I was a little girl. I used to read the Babysitters Club Books and my favourity character was Mallory. When I was pregnant with my daughter I named her Mallory because I always thought it was such a beautiful name.... and she is so beautiful so it's only right that I give her a beautiful name! I feel so bad when I read all the negative meanings that surround her name because I had no idea, but I wouldn't change her name for the world because she puts all those negative meanings to shame! She's wonderful!
-- Rowan  10/11/2005
This is the name of one half of the psychotic and murderous couple in the movie Natural Born Killers. The character Mallory Knox was played by Juliette Lewis.
-- Anonymous User  11/6/2005
In the 80's, one of the daughters on the TV show Family Ties.
-- Anonymous User  12/13/2005
Everytime I hear the name Mallory I think of a duck, a Mallard duck.
-- Ariel  1/30/2006
That is not a very good meaning.
-- Anonymous User  8/31/2006
Personally I know a Malorie, "unlucky" only describes the opposition she crushes. So guys be careful, she's a heartbreaker and business competitor, you'd better quit now while you still have a chance.
-- raverx  9/25/2006
Nice name, I just don't like the meaning of it.
-- Anonymous User  10/8/2006
I think it is a fun name.
-- elysa  3/14/2007
Mallory Grace is from the Spiderwick series by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black.
-- rory  3/18/2007
I love this name too. Except every time I hear it, I think of malaria.
-- MusicRat  6/4/2007
George Mallory was an English mountaineer who took part in several expeditions to climb Mt. Everest. He disappeared on Everest in June of 1924.
-- pudu  7/24/2007
I had a friend once, six years ago, named Mallory. I like the name. The name is really unisex for me, but if I really had to choose, I say it has just a hint more of masculine. By the way, Mallory was a girl.
-- Anonymous User  8/19/2007
I really love this name, I just don't like the meaning.
-- joanie2007  8/19/2007
Awesome name! The meaning is sad but who really cares?
-- CharlieRob  9/3/2007
From old French meaning "to be mailed" in reference to a knight's armor.
-- hauntings  10/1/2007
Mallory is such a cute name! I think Mallory and Mathilda or Mallory and Ramona would be cute for sisters. I don't know why: the names just seem to go well together!
-- harry_sent_me  10/18/2007
I luv this name! It's my fave. It's a pity it has a bad meaning though.
-- dreamgirl54  11/13/2007
Some other spellings I've heard of include: Mallorey, Mallory, Malorie, Mallorie, Malloree, Malloriegh and Mallary. I have loved this name since I met the 1st little Mallory!
-- Logan G  11/14/2007
My name is Mallory and I love my name. Whenever I tell anyone what my name means they're like, "Don't let it bring you down." Why would I let it bring me down? I love my name and I find the meaning intresting and fun. Oh, and also I found out that 'mal' in french means 'bad'.
-- Anonymous User  11/17/2007
Mallory was the only 6th grader in the Babysitter's Club.
-- Anonymous User  12/2/2007
This name is very pretty and I don't think the meaning has any signifigance to a name what-so-ever. I think this is a fine name for a girl child. I wouldn't name my son this though. I can't find anything masculine about it what-so-ever. Nothing. Zip. Nada. None. So to me this is strictly a female name. So if you like it for a girl - or for a boy I guess - name her or him Mallory!
-- Logan1017  3/20/2008
Mallory is an anglicisation of an old Irish name. Mal means servant, one possible translation is mal o righ - servant of the king. There are other possible words, but mal is a very common beginning to Irish names, like Malcolm, servant of st Columba.
Unfortunate is not a pleasant connotation for a name, if this were mine, I'd lay claim to the Irish association.
-- Locket  4/4/2008
I love this name, but I hate its meaning.
-- number1212  12/7/2008
I have a friend with this name, except it's spelled Malorey. I like it better than Mallory.
-- cielo  5/22/2009
Quinn Mallory was a scientist who discovered a wormhole between parallel universes on the great but unfortunately canceled sci-fi series "Sliders". He was played by the very handsome Jerry O'Connell.
-- MandeePaige  7/22/2009
Ummm my name is Mallory, and I LOVE MY NAME. It is unique, classy, and will age with me, I believe. I think it is feminine but not cutesy-girly like names such as Tiffany or Brittany, and I am the only Mallory I know.

I think, meaning aside, it is an excellent, unique name that deserves more mention.
-- malyoung  9/30/2009
I like this name. I think it's really pretty.
-- --allison--  4/14/2010
It is unfortunate that this name means unfortunate.
An ok name, though.
-- Liesl  8/4/2010
I love the name Mallory. Even though it begins with "mal" which means bad, and unfortunate, is the meaning really that important? I don't think it matters. It is such a cute, and pretty name. It's pretty unique too. I've only met about two Mallorys. Although it's more modern and not very classic traditional, I would definitely name my future daughter Mallory. I love it.
-- Anonymous User  12/7/2010
Why not name your child "Benlory"? At least, it would mean the opposite... I'm kidding of course.
-- Anonymous User  1/29/2011
Cute name!
-- Kelsey__  5/16/2011
Somewhere between 'Mallard' and an *unfortunate* girl with braces- this name reeks of disgusting for me. I don't know why, it just does.
-- Anonymous User  6/26/2011
-- Anonymous User  11/1/2011
I love this name! It's one of my friends names. But she spells it Malloreigh.
-- rhysse  11/12/2011
Another alternate spelling; Malori.
-- Rin_0911  4/8/2012
I really like this name! I just wish it meant something other than unfortunate...
-- foreverslowly  7/3/2012
Forever in love with this name.
-- Anonymous User  10/18/2013
My name is Mallorie. I love my name. It's got a unique ring to it. I've only met a few other Mallory's. I like how my version is spelt and the fact that it is an uncommon name. My mom named me after the character from Family Ties. But I wouldn't and don't find the name at all disgusting sounding. :)
-- MallorieB  9/21/2014
I am a male named Mallory. I am the only one I know of. I personally can tell you growing up as a boy with the name Mallory was very hard. I got a lot of crap for it. Even as I got older into my 20's, still I will find the occasional person who has something mean or dumb to say about it. Everything from "its a girls name", to more meaner stuff that I would rather not say. However, having the name Mallory and being a guy also worked out for me. As I got into my late teens, girls started to really like my name being different and all. Girls found it to be almost exotic. You never find a guy with this name. Now that I'm older I would have to say that I am proud of my name. To the point of even passing it along to my future son (if I have one). As for being a guy named Mallory, I have a name that can carry on its own. Only one guy Mallory on the East cost of the U.S.. maybe even the whole U.S. Soo many Toms and Mikes out there. Only one guy named Mallory. Well as far as I know. And as for the origins of the name, it has three. German: great soldier, war chancellor (which my name was picked from. German babynamebook) Scottish: Black dragon, demon, the devil. French: unlucky, misfortune, damned) and my nickname is Mal. Which is Latin for bad.
-- Mr. Malice  11/13/2014
I'm proud to say you are not the only male named Mallory on the east coast Mr. Malice in fact there was another male named Mallory in my small town of Linden Nj.
I asked my parents why I was named Mallory. I was told they were expecting a girl and hadn't picked any boy names. For some reason, they came up with Mallory cause my cousin's last name was Mallory (they're from Virginia) the only draw back I have with this is they didn't give me a middle name and when I'm asked what's my middle name, I always reply with a name like mine- who needs one?! :)
-- mojomal  2/5/2015
My name is Mallorie, and I love my name. The only problem I have with it is the meaning. I'm not unlucky. I one time asked my mom why she named me something that had a foul meaning and she said she didn't care about the meaning, she liked the name.
-- Mallorie Mooney  3/12/2015
My sister's name is Mallory. I just want to say...
Mallory is not unlucky! My sister, Mallory is brave, kind, and my lucky charm. I feel the meaning of the name Mallory does not fit most of it's bearers. And, in German, Mallory means "War Counselor". So why all this controversy about the 'sad meaning'?
-- Emma Rose  5/24/2015
My name is Malorie and even though the definitions say bad things they are not true. I got my name from the show in the 80's called Family Ties. I love my name even though it is rare because it is what makes me unique. I would suggest naming your kid Malorie. There are many different ways to spell it but it is a great name. The name is not bad luck no matter what the internet or people say. I would not change my name for the world.
-- Anonymous User  8/29/2015
The name by itself is hideous, and when you add on a horrible meaning, it only makes it worse.
-- lilpimpteller  10/25/2015
This is my name And I DON'T think this name is hideous at all and I am a very good person. I have had a lot of compliments in school, about how they like my name. I am only twelve, and I agree that it wouldn't really fit for boys, but I love my unique name and I don't know anybody else who has my name and that is the main reason I like my name it's special to me. I wouldn't change it for the World.
-- AWESOME NAME  11/25/2015
This is my name And I DON'T think this name is hideous at all and I am a very good person. I have had a lot of compliments in school, about how they like my name. I am only twelve, and I agree that it wouldn't really fit for boys, but I love my unique name and I don't know anybody else who has my name and that is the main reason I like my name it's special to me. I wouldn't change it for the World.
-- AWESOME NAME  11/25/2015

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