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Updated June 9, 2019

Family name origins & meanings

  • Scottish : variant spelling of Mallis.
  • Polish (also Malisz, Małys, Małysz), Ukrainian; Czech, Slovak, and Croatian (Mališ); Slovenian; and Lithuanian(also Malys) : from a derivative of a vocabulary word meaning ‘small’. Compare Maly.
  • Jewish (from Ukraine) : metronymic, a variant of Malin with the Yiddish possessive suffix -s.

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