The village was named after one of its residents whose name was Malik while the word Kufr means village in the Arameic language. Oral tradition states that its residents were originally the tribes that came along with Salah al-Din and settled in that area. There are two mosques in the village: the Kufr Malek Grand Mosque and Al-Ehsan Mosque. Besides that, there are several sites of archaeological interest including the judge’s house, an ancient mill, the Samia spring, the remains of an old palace and the remains of an ancient church. Other sites of interest in the area include an old mill east of the spring, which was functioning up until the 1930s.