he Mallett/Mallet/Malet surname has its origins in France, perhaps as early as the 10th century. It was certainly in existence in the year 1066 when Duke William of Normandy led a group of his Barons across the English Channel from France to England where they defeated the English at the battle of Hastings, and took control of the kingdom of England. One of those Barons, and one of the few that can be verified as having been at Hastings, was William Malet, whose English lineage is documented here. The Malets stayed in England, and remained in France, and both groups have spread around the world.
This site is affiliated with the Guild of One-Name Studies, and is focused on the English branches of the family. There are two main groups of English Malletts, one in the Southwest (mostly Devon and Cornwall) and in East Anglia (primarily Norfolk and Suffolk). Those two regions are still home to the largest numbers of Malletts living in England today. There are also significant numbers in the USA, Canada, Australia, and Argentina.