Recorded in a number of spellings including Malt, a short form or nickname, which may also derive from the womans name Maud, Malter, Maltman, Maltmaker, Maltster, Malthouse and Malthus, this is an English medieval residential or occupational surname. It describes a maker of malt, or somebody who lived at "the malt house", or even a malt merchant. As upto Victorian times most water was unfit to drink, the brewing of "small ale" was a very importrant part of the necessities of life. Even children drank beer, only the introduction of tea in the 17th and 18th centuries and the need to boil the water, created changing habits. Not surprisingly this is one of the earliest of hereditary surnames, and early examples taken from authentic Middle Age charters and rolls include: Hugh le Maltemakere of Berkshire in the year 1255, Fulk de Malthus of Sussex in 1297, and John le Malter, of Essex, in 1319. Comitessa Malt is recorded in the 1275 Hundred Rolls of Suffolk. She was a landowner in her own right, although whether her surname descends from Maud or Malt(er), is unclear. The first recorded spelling of the surname in any form is probably that of Ralph de Maleterr, in the Curia Regis rolls of Northumberland, in the year 1211.

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  • Maltster — Malt ster, n. A maltman. Swift. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • maltster — maker of malt, early 14c. (late 13c. as a surname), from MALT (Cf. malt) + STER (Cf. ster) …   Etymology dictionary

  • maltster — [môlt′stər] n. one who makes or sells malt …   English World dictionary

  • maltster — noun Date: 14th century a maker of malt …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • maltster — /mawlt steuhr/, n. a maker of or dealer in malt. [1325 75; ME malt(e)stere. See MALT, STER] * * * …   Universalium

  • maltster — noun A person who makes malt; a malter …   Wiktionary

  • maltster — n. malt maker, person who makes malt …   English contemporary dictionary

  • maltster — noun Brit. a person who makes malt …   English new terms dictionary

  • maltster — malt·ster …   English syllables

  • maltster — /ˈmɔltstə/ (say mawltstuh), /ˈmɒltstə/ (say moltstuh) noun a maker of or dealer in malt …   Australian English dictionary