Malan is a family name. The family came to America from Italy, but were originally from France, and spoke French when they arrived. My branch of the name can be tracd back to the 7th Century. There is a small commune, a farm community, named MALAN about two miles SSE of Rodez, France. My ancestry is Protestant, from 850 AD, and the Poor of Lyon, which later located in the mountains of northern Italy. The Valdese, or Waldensians as they are now called, are the oldest Protestants in the world. William Gerald Malan