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Gender: Female Meaning of Mallory: "unfortunate" Origin of Mallory: French Mallory's Popularity in 2017: #551

The name Mallory is a girl's name of French origin meaning "unfortunate". Mallory is ranked #551 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Names That Mean Luck and discussed in our forums with posts like "Adding Then Eliminating -- Girls Themed".

From the experts:

Early 1980s sitcom (Family Ties) name that has been well used ever since, with an upbeat three-syllable sound and a slightly tomboyish edge.

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Famous People Named Mallory

Mallory Hytes Hagan, Miss America 2013
Mallory Burdette, American tennis player
Mallory Lewis, American puppeteer, daughter of Shari Lewis
Mallory Sandler, American actress
Mallory Deluce, Canadian ice hockey player
Mallory Christina Ervin, Miss Kentucky (America) 2009
Mallory Reaves, American novelist
Mallory Snyder, American model and TV personality
Daniel Mallory Ortberg, American writer and internet personality
Mallory Everton, American actress in YouTube sketch comedy show Studio C
Mallory Diane "Mal" Pugh, American soccer player
Mallory Morris, blogger

Pop Culture References for the name Mallory

Mallory Knox, character in movie "Natural Born Killers"
Mallory Knox, British rock band
Mallory O'Brien, character on TV's "The West Wing"
Mallory Keaton, daughter on TV's "Family Ties"
Mallory Grace, from "The Spiderwick Chronicles," played by Sarah Bolger
Mallory Wells, character on Canadian TV's "Heartland"
Mallory Pike - character in "The Babysitter's Club" book series by Ann M. Martin
Mallory Dent, character on TV's "Veronica Mars"
Mallory Towers - Children's book series
Mallory Archer, character on TV's "Archer"
Mallory Kingsly, character in the play "City of Angels"
Mallory Wells, character on CBC's "Heartland"
Mallory Hanson, character on Netflix series "Grace and Frankie"
Mallory "Mouse" Dodge, main character in "The Problem with Forever" novel by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Mallory, character in "American Horror Story"


gjlrunner Says:


My wife and I gave this name to our daughter. We love it. Paired it with Grace, a mutual family name.

Mallory sounds so elegant, feminine and professional. To me, the name Mallory means she can be anything she wants and not rub it in your face. Engaging and caring. I also like that it's not overly popular but has the potential to be more recognized in the future.

stellarvra99 Says:


Twins Mallory & Romilly sound cute!

hermioneameliastyles Says:


I know one Mallory and she's my friend. I rarely hear this name and it's so beautiful. I think it could work for any girl because it is not that popular.

Wittyusername103 Says:


I'm back .It sucks about the meaning but Mallory to me has always been associated with strong "light under a bushell" type girls and that I really appreciate so I'd overlook it. Also some research has found that Mallory may have fallen victim to some bad interpretation and actually may instead mean crusher.

YltraViole Says:


When last names were first officially introduced in Europe, a lot of people thought it was a fad, and didn't take it very seriously. That's why, in my country, there are people with last names that mean "Poop", "Naked bird" and "Bound for Hell". Honestly, "Unfortunate" doesn't even seem that unlikely.

Wittyusername103 Says:


I'm in two minds - unsure about the meaning but I loved family ties and I love how it looks and sounds.

rubylayla Says:


The Irish meaning of Mallory is "servant of the King" and the German meaning is "War Counselor" so you could always go with those meanings instead. I'm not 100% convinced that the French meaning is accurate. Who would let their last name mean "unfortunate"? Nobody. So to me that doesn't make sense. A lot of French names came from places, which were sometimes based on occupations. I have a feeling is people digged deeper on Mallory, they'd probably find out the same.

Nozomi Says:


Yep I agree! ^.^

boymom11 Says:


It's a shame the meaning is so horrible. It's a good name

Jo Jo Says:


Meanings are so personal, they can (and should!) be able to trump the official meaning. Though Mallory means 'unlucky', it reminds me of Family Ties and of my childhood; it has such warm connotations, this is in my top 3.

Madelinelen Says:


I love how this is never too popular, but still not crazy for the sake of obscurity. Very pretty and very powerful.

Uglyghosts Says:


Lol this is my first name. I used to hate it for the meaning but I get complimented on it often and I always liked being the only Mallory at school/work!

strawberrything Says:


Aw! Imagine bestowing "Unlucky" on your bub..

strawberrydino Says:


Awe, I really like this name, too bad the meaning is horrible. ):

mill1020 Says:


Except for Malachi; I like that, too.

mill1020 Says:


I've only known two people with this name. I like it, but I don't generally like the Mal- prefix.