Origin of mallet
- Middle English from Old French maillet diminutive of mail maul maul
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- Cryptographic scenarios use archetypal characters with standard names chosen to remember their role: Mallet was derived from "malicious" and "man-in-the-middle attack", as well as a mallet.
- Derived from the name of the inventor, Swiss engineer Anatole Mallet