Malter Family History
Malter Name Meaning
English: occupational name from Middle English malter ‘maltster malt-maker or malt-seller’ (a derivative of Old English mealt ‘malt’). Compare Maltman . This surname is very rare in Britain and Ireland. English (of Norman origin): habitational name from Maleterre in Saint-Méloir-des-Ondes (Ille-et-Vilaine) from Old French male terre ‘bad land’. This surname is very rare in Britain and Ireland. German: metonymic occupational name for a grain measurer or a maker of grain measures or for a miller from Middle High German malter a measure of grain. Jewish (from Austrian Galicia): from German Malta ‘the island of Malta’ + the suffix -er one of names assigned at random by Austrian clerks.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press