Last name: Malkin
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hello to everyone my grandfather SAMUEL Abraham Malkin and his father Joseph Malkin were born in Belarus in Russia. My grandfather came from Russia to Canada then to Detroit, Michigan to Waterville, Ohio and finally to Toled, Ohio.. my father Maxwell Jack Malkin was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. my grandfather had three brothers and two sisters. I later heard there was another brother who came to Canada, but went back to White Russia. Is there anyone out there who can tell tell me about this other brother. My grandfather name is Samuel Abraham. his brother were Mack, Alexis, and louis. If you have any info please email at email@example.com Thank you Gayle Malkin Feldstein.
Derived from - a) Malka(Hebrew) - means Queen Queen is another name for a female cat. Quean is another name for a prostitute. b) Malkyn (Middle English) - means (1) prostitute, (2) Cat (3) literally stands for Little Molly (Molly is from Moll, meaning Prostitute) c) I also heard through older family members that a Malkin was a mop or broom maker. (Prostitutes were said to look like old mops and hence the name(?)) My own thoughts - Malkins were Jews that migrated to many countries, including Belarus and England. The men became mop and broom makers and/or the women had to work as prostitutes in England to survive. In any case, being Jews they would have been treated with very little respect.
mal·kin [maw-kin, mawl-, mal-] Show IPA 13noun British Dialect . 1. an untidy woman; slattern. 2. a scarecrow, ragged puppet, or grotesque effigy. 3. a mop, especially one made from a bundle of rags and used to clean out a baker's oven. 4. a cat. 5. a hare.
Sorry about that, yes you are correct for the cat reference. From Old French mal, from Latin malus, derived from Proto-Indo-European *mel- ( 1Cbad, wrong 1D). Near cognates include Spanish malo and Italian male. Thus we could both be considered correct. As far as names are concerned they do tend to be amalgamations of professions, locations or relations (or spuriously adopted in some cases) so who knows?