Malt


Malt
Recorded in many spelling forms including Maud, Maude, Mault, Malt, Mold, Mould, and Moult, this interesting and unusual surname has two possible derivations. The first and most likely being from the medieval English female personal name 'Mahalt, or 'Maud', variants of the Norman female given name 'Mathilda' introduced into England after the Conquest of 1066. The name is composed of the Germanic elements 'maht', meaning might or strength, and 'wild', which curiously in this context, translates as 'battle'. Clearly a name for an early feminist. As it happens it had a good roll model in the wife of William, The Conqueror. She was named 'Matilda', but was known by the short form of 'Mold'. William's grand-daughter also bore the name 'Matilda', and it was she who disputed the throne of England with her cousin, Stephen, during the mid 12th Century. A second possible derivation is from a nickname for a friar or a bald man, from the Middle English 'mould', - meaning the top of the head. Early examples of the surname recording taken from authentic rolls, charters, and registers of the medieval period, include: Geoffrey Maude of Huntingdon in 1279, and John Malt of Cambridge in the same year, whilst Agnes Molt, a widow, is recorded in Stafforshire in the Subsidy Rolls of 1327. John Mold was a christening witnes at the church of St Michael Bassishaw, London on July 24th 1586, and Lawrence Moult of Congleton, Cheshire had his will proved in 1628. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Gilbert Mald, which was dated 1190, in the Essex Pipe Rolls, during the reign of King Richard 1, known as 'The Lionheart', 1189-1199. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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  • malt — malt …   Dictionnaire des rimes

  • malt — [ malt ] n. m. • 1702; mot angl. 1 ♦ Céréale (surtout l orge), germée artificiellement et séchée, puis séparée de ses germes. Utilisation du malt en brasserie comme moût. ⇒ maltage, malterie. Malt légèrement torréfié pour la préparation de l ale …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Malt — Malt, a. Relating to, containing, or made with, malt. [1913 Webster] {Malt liquor}, an alcoholic liquor, as beer, ale, porter, etc., prepared by fermenting an infusion of malt. {Malt dust}, fine particles of malt, or of the grain used in making… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • malţ — s.n. Produs obţinut din boabe de cereale (mai ales de orz) încolţite, uscate şi măcinate, folosit la fabricarea berii şi a spirtului sau, prăjit, la prepararea unui surogat de cafea; slad. – Din germ. Malz. Trimis de claudia, 13.09.2007. Sursa:… …   Dicționar Român

  • malt — malt·ase; malt·er; malt; malt·i·ness; malt·ing; malt·man; malt·ol; malt·ose; malt·ster; …   English syllables

  • malt — [môlt] n. [ME malte < OE mealt, akin to Ger malz < IE * mel d, soft < base * mel , to crush, grind > MELT, MILL1] 1. barley or other grain softened by soaking in water until it sprouts and then kiln dried: used for brewing and… …   English World dictionary

  • malt|y — «ML tee», adjective, malt|i|er, malt|i|est. 1. of or like malt: »The bread would be soft, clammy, greyish and malty (Michael Donovan). 2. addicted to the use of malt liquor …   Useful english dictionary

  • Malt — Malt, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Malted}: p. pr. & vb. n. {Malting}.] To make into malt; as, to malt barley. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Malt — Malt, v. i. To become malt; also, to make grain into malt. Mortimer. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • malt — [mo:lt US mo:lt] n [: Old English; Origin: mealt] 1.) [U] grain, usually ↑barley, that has been kept in water for a time and then dried. It is used for making beer, ↑whisky etc 2.) AmE a drink made from milk, malt, and ↑ice cream that usually has …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • malt — ► NOUN ▪ barley or other grain that has been steeped, germinated, and dried, used for brewing or distilling. ► VERB 1) convert (grain) into malt. 2) (malted) mixed with malt or a malt extract. ORIGIN Old English, related to MELT(Cf. ↑melt) …   English terms dictionary


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