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About the Maitland surname Maitland is an English and Scottish surname. It arrived in Britain after the Norman conquest of 1066. There are two theories about its source. It is either a nickname reference to "bad temper/disposition" (Old French, Maltalent; Anglo Norman French, mautalent; Latin malum talentum), or it may be a locational reference to Mautalant, a place in Pontorson, France. The earliest public record of the surname dates to 1170 in Northumberland.[1]

References ^ "Surname: Maitland". Retrieved 2008-03-12.