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Subject: Re: Last Name: Malik
Author: Jim Young   (guest)
Date: April 21, 2005 at 7:17 AM
Reply to: Last Name: Malik by Anam

Malik is Arabic, literal meaning "king." My guess is that it was used as a forename, and so as a surname derives from the given name of a male ancestor.
It is found as a surname among Christians and Muslims. As a Muslim surname I suspect it is a shortened version of abd-al-malik, "servant of the King", i.e., God. I've heard of it as a surname in Lebanon (Christian), Iraq and Pakistan. It is also a surname among Bengali Hindus, but that name may have a different origin.

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  • Last Name: Malik - Anam  Apr 17 2005, 10:12 AM
    • Re: Last Name: Malik - Jim Young  Apr 21 2005, 7:17 AM