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Where did the Scottish Medlin family come from? What is the Scottish Medlin family crest and coat of arms? When did the Medlin family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Medlin family history?

From the historical and enchanting region of Scotland emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Medlin family name. Originally, the Scottish people were known only by a single name. Surnames evolved during the Middle Ages when people began to assume an extra name to avoid confusion and to further identify themselves. The Medlin surname is generally thought to derive from the Anglo-Norman French word "maltalent," or "mautalent," meaning "bad temper," in turn from the Late Latin "malum," meaning "bad," and "talentum," meaning "inclination," or "disposition." As such, the surname is said to be a nickname surname; originally used for someone with this characteristic. However, there was also a place called Mautalant in Pontorson, France, which may have been a source for the surname.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Maitland, Matland, Maltland, Maltalent, Matlain and others.

First found in Berwickshire an ancient county of Scotland, presently part of the Scottish Borders Council Area, located in the eastern part of the Borders Region of Scotland, where they came from England following 1066. Instances of the name were fairly common in Northumberland during the 12th and 13th centuries. One reference claims the name was thought to have been derived from a place in the parish of Inveresk in the county of Edinburgh called Magdalen Pans, which evolved to Maitland Pans, from a chapel dedicated to St. Mary Magdalen, which formerly stood there.[1] Whatever the origin, it seems the first on record in Scotland was Thomas de Matalant, who was settled in Berwick during the reign of William the Lion, King of Scots from 1165 to 1214.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Medlin research. Another 431 words(31 lines of text) covering the years 1525, 1573, 1568, 1595, 1587, 1645, 1624, 1745, 1486, 1586, 1537, 1595, 1590, 1586, 1645, 1616, 1682, 1620, 1691, 1653, 1695, 1655, 1710 and are included under the topic Early Medlin History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 203 words(14 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Medlin Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Medlin family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 89 words(6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Medlin Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Alf Medlin, aged 40, who settled in America from Cornwall, in 1892
  • Annie Medlin, aged 21, who emigrated to America from Falmouth, in 1892
  • Flora Medlin, aged 2, who settled in America, in 1894

Medlin Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Charles Medlin, aged 24, who emigrated to the United States from Durham, in 1904
  • Charlotte Medlin, aged 41, who landed in America from Coventry, England, in 1909
  • Annie M. Medlin, aged 22, who landed in America from Penryn, England, in 1911
  • Alice May Medlin, aged 24, who emigrated to the United States from Truro, England, in 1920
  • Angelina Medlin, aged 62, who landed in America from Falmouth, England, in 1920

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  • Lex Medlin (b. 1969), American comedic actor, best known for his leading role in the 2006 Fox TV sitcom Happy Hour
  • Frankie Lee Medlin (b. 1964), professional American "Old School" Bicycle Motocross (BMX) racer
  • Daniel Ellis "Dan" Medlin (b. 1949), American NFL football guard who played for the Oakland Raiders (1974-1976) and in 1979
  • Eric Medlin, American portrait photographer and landscape artist
  • John Grimes Medlin Jr. (1933-2012), American bunsinessman, Chief Executive Officer of Wachovia from 1977 to 1993


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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Consillio et animis
Motto Translation: By skill and spirit.

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  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.

Other References

  1. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Socts Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Modern Application of the Art of Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
  2. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  3. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Scots Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Mordern Application of the Art and Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
  4. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
  5. Martine, Roddy, Roderick Martine and Don Pottinger. Scottish Clan and Family Names Their Arms, Origins and Tartans. Edinburgh: Mainstream, 1992. Print.
  6. Scots Kith and Kin And Illustrated Map Revised 2nd Edition. Edinburgh: Clan House/Albyn. Print.
  7. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  8. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  9. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  10. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. The Charters of David I The Written Acts of David I King of Scots, 1124-53 and of His Son Henry, Earl of Northumerland, 1139-52. Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 1999. Print.
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The Medlin Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Medlin Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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