Mallory: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Mallory

Mallory

Pronunciation: MA-lə-ree (key)

Origin of the name Mallory:

Transferred use of the English surname of French origin. It is derived from the Old French maloret, maloré (the unfortunate one, the unlucky one).

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

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Comments and insights on the name Mallory: | Edit

I just named my daughter Mallorie. I loved the name, but was not fond of the meaning "unlucky one." I discovered in German, the name means "warrior," which I could live with.

As "Mal" is the root in all Latin languages for "bad," a lot of unfortunate nicknames can crop up--malaria, malfunction, malevolent, etc. I've been called them all. While living in France, my nickname "Mal" was a continual joke because if you say "c'est mal" it means "it's bad." But it builds character.

Personal experiences with the name Mallory: | Edit

My sister's name is Mallory, and I've only met two or three people with the same name. People always think we mean to say Valerie when we say her name.

My name is Mallory and my middle name is Elise; together they sound better: Mallory Elise. I was named after the characters in "Family Ties."

I knew a Mallory who only went by the nickname Curly! I always thought it was sad, since Mallory is such a pretty name.

I have heard a few more on top of the other nicknames: tu mal (Spanish for you're bad), celery (kind of rhymes, and I'm tall and skinny like a stalk of celery apparently), mallard duck, malnourished,

Nicknames for Mallory: | Edit

Mal
Lori
Mal-Mal
Mouse
Malzz
Mally
Malzipan
Mal Pal
Mallosaurus
Curly

Meanings and history of the name Mallory: | Edit

French, English: Luckless, Unfortunate, Unlucky

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Mallory in song, story & screen: | Edit

Mallory Keaton, character on the '80s sitcom "Family Ties"
Mallory Knox, character in the film "Natural Born Killers"
Mallory Pike, character in "The Baby-Sitters Club" books by Ann M. Martin
Enid Blyton's "Mallory Towers" series

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