Malan Family History

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Malan Name Meaning

French: nickname from Old French malan(t) ‘sore’, ‘ulcer’ (Latin malandria). Czech and Slovak: nickname for a small man, a derivative of malý (see Maly).

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Malon, Malak, Milan, Balan, Kalan, Malin, Malay, Malik, Maran, Galan

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Malan Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Malan name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Malan. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • Sweden


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Malan Family Origin

Where is the Malan family from?

Malan Family Occupations

What did your Malan ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Malan occupation in the UK was Clerk In Holy Orders & (Schoolmaster). 13% of Malan's were Clerk In Holy Orders & (Schoolmaster)s. A less common occupation for the Malan family was Income From Dividends. Clerk In Holy Orders & (Schoolmaster), Curate In Charge Of Perranarworthal and Hotel Cook were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Malan.

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  • Clerk In Holy Orders & (Schoolmaster)

  • Curate In Charge Of Perranarworthal

  • Hotel Cook

  • Income From Dividends


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Malan ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Malan Historical Records

What Malan family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 6,000 census records available for the last name Malan. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Malan census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Malan. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 1,000 military records available for the last name Malan. For the veterans among your Malan ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Malan Life Expectancy

What is the average Malan lifespan?

Between 1960 and 2004, in the United States, Malan life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1976, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Malan in 1960 was 67, and 69 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Malan

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Malan ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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