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

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

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.


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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.

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Another 67 words(5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Madden Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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


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
  • Thomas Madden, aged 5, arrived in Canada in 1823
  • John Madden, aged 25, a weaver, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1834 aboard the brig "Matilda" from Cork
  • Denis Madden, aged 20, a farmer, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1834 aboard the brig "Charity" from Kinsale


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
  • James Madden, a weaver, arrived in Van Diemenís 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


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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  • John Earl Madden (b. 1936), American former NFL coach and longtime football announcer
  • Joseph Warren "J" Madden (1890-1972), American lawyer, judge, civil servant, educator and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Michael Madden (1841-1920), American soldier, Medal of Honor recipient
  • Samuel R. Madden (b. 1976), American computer scientist, associate professor of computer science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
  • 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
  • Thomas Francis "Bunny" Madden (1882-1954), American Major League Baseball backup catcher who played from 1909-1911
  • David Madden (b. 1933), American novelist, poet, and playwright
  • David M. Madden, American politician, 1st Mayor of Weymouth, Massachusetts
  • 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
  • Edward Madden (1878-1952), American lyricist, known for his songs "By the Light of the Silvery Moon", "On Moonlight Bay", and many more

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  • We Were Always Free: the Maddens of Culpeper County, Virginia by T.O. Madden.
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The Madden Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Madden 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.

This page was last modified on 16 February 2015 at 17:22.

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