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The surname Madden originally appeared in Gaelic as "Mac an Mhadaidh," which is probably derived from the word "madadh," which means dog.

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The surname Madden was first found in County Galway (Irish: Gaillimh) part of the province of Connacht, located on the west coast of the Island, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Spelling variations of this family name include: MacAvaddy, Madden, O'Madden, Madigan, Macavadan and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Madden research. Another 177 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1556, 1567, 1677, 1715, 1713 and 1715 are included under the topic Early Madden History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Madden Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Ann Madden, who arrived in Virginia in 1662
  • John Madden settled in Barbados in 1663

Madden Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Will Madden, who arrived in Virginia in 1715
  • Edward Madden settled in New England in 1753

Madden Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Hugh Madden, aged 30, landed in New York, NY in 1803
  • Mathew Madden, who landed in America in 1810
  • Jane Madden, who arrived in New York, NY in 1812
  • Edward Madden, aged 29, landed in New York in 1812
  • Christian Madden, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1834
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Madden Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Ellen Madden, aged 32, arrived in Canada in 1823
  • Jeremiah Madden, aged 16, landed in Canada in 1823
  • John Madden, aged 7, arrived in Canada in 1823
  • Mary Madden, aged 9, arrived in Canada in 1823
  • Thomas Madden, aged 5, arrived in Canada in 1823
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Madden Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Madden, English convict from Surrey, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 17, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
  • William Madden, a painter, arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • James Madden, a weaver, arrived in Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Daniel Madden arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Delhi" in 1839
  • John Madden arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Aden" in 1849
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Madden Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Samuel Madden, aged 23, a sawyer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bolton" in 1840
  • Charles Madden landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1842 aboard the ship Bollina
  • Thomas Madden, aged 23, a ploughman, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Eveline" in 1865
  • Bridget Madden, aged 25, arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Celaeno" in 1872
  • Peter Madden, aged 20, arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Celaeno" in 1872
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  • James Lester Madden (1909-1984), American silver and two-time bronze medalist figure skater
  • James Loomis Madden (1892-1972), American academic, Acting Chancellor of New York University from 1951 to 1952
  • Edward M. Madden (1818-1885), American merchant and politician who served in New York State Senate in the late 1800s
  • Edward Madden (1878-1952), American lyricist, known for his songs "By the Light of the Silvery Moon", "On Moonlight Bay", and many more
  • David Joseph "Dave" Madden (1931-2014), Canadian-born, American actor from Sarnia, Ontario, best known for his role as the group's manager in the 1970s sitcom, The Partridge Family
  • David M. Madden, American politician, 1st Mayor of Weymouth, Massachusetts
  • David Madden (b. 1933), American novelist, poet, and playwright
  • Thomas Francis "Bunny" Madden (1882-1954), American Major League Baseball backup catcher who played from 1909-1911
  • Bill Madden (b. 1946), American sportswriter who has served on the Historical Overview Committee of the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2005, 2007 and 2008
  • Samuel R. Madden (b. 1976), American computer scientist, associate professor of computer science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
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Madden Historic Events



Empress of Ireland

  • Mr. Frank John Madden, British Assistant Steward from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914
  • Mrs. Bertha Emma Madden, née Brown British Stewardess from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914

HMS Hood

  • Mr. John F Madden (b. 1915), English Ordinary Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Rochdale, Lancashire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. Thomas Madden, English Fireman from England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking
  • Mr. John Madden, English Fireman from Liverpool, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking and was recovered
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  • We Were Always Free: the Maddens of Culpeper County, Virginia by T.O. Madden.
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Citations



    Other References

    1. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    2. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    3. Woulfe, Rev. Patrick. Irish Names and Surnames Collected and Edited with Explanatory and Historical Notes. Kansas City: Genealogical Foundation, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-940134-403).
    4. Grehan, Ida. Dictionary of Irish Family Names. Boulder: Roberts Rinehart, 1997. Print. (ISBN 1-57098-137-X).
    5. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    6. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    7. Tepper, Michael Ed & Elizabeth P. Bentley Transcriber. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of Philadelphia 1800-1819. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1986. Print.
    8. Harris, Ruth-Ann and B. Emer O'Keefe. The Search for Missing Friends Irish Immigrant Advertisements Placed in the Boston Pilot Volume II 1851-1853. Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1991. Print.
    9. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
    10. MacLysaght, Edward. Mores Irish Familes. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-0126-0).
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