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Type Surname (from location)
Pronounced Pron. MAYT-lənd
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Meaning & History

Possibly from Mautalant, the name of a place in Pontorson, France meaning "inhospitable" or "bad temper" in Norman French (ultimately from Late Latin malum "bad" and talentum "inclination, disposition"), which was so named because of its unproductive soil; or perhaps it was originally a nickname for an ungracious individual, derived from the same source.
Added 11/23/2010 by erb816
Edited 5/11/2012 by erb816 and SeaHorse15