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Malmesbury Surname Origin
From the town of Malmesbury in Wiltshire, England, said to be so called by Malmutius, a king of the Britons. It was anciently called Maidulphesburgh, from Maidulph, a Scottish saint and hermit who built an abbey there, and opened a school. Bede writes it Adelmesbirig, from Adelm, the scholar of Maidulph; others derive it from a part of the names both of the scholar and teacher.
Source: An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names With an Essay on their Derivation and Import; Arthur, William, M.A.; New York, NY: Sheldon, Blake, Bleeker & CO., 1857.
Malmesbury Surname Meaning and Family Facts
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A Malmesbury Family History Thought:
'If you would not be forgotten,
As soon as you are dead and rotten,
Either write things worthy of reading,
Or do things worthy of writing.' --Benjamin Franklin, May 1738