Madox History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The Welsh surname Madox is derived from the early Welsh personal name Madoc. This was also written as Madawc and Madog, from the Old Welsh name Matoc, which had the literal meaning of goodly.

Early Origins of the Madox family

The surname Madox was first found in Herefordshire, where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

Important Dates for the Madox family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Madox research. Another 116 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1571, 1612, 1598, 1612, 1697, 1759 and 1736 are included under the topic Early Madox History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Madox Spelling Variations

There are relatively few surnames native to Wales, but they have an inordinately large number of spelling variations. Early variations of Welsh surnames can be explained by the fact that very few people in the early Middle Ages were literate. Priests and the few other literate people were responsible for recording names in official documents. And because most people could not specific how to properly record their names it was up to the individual recorder of that time to determine how a spoken name should be recorded. Variations due to the imprecise or improper recording of a name continued later in history when names originally composed in the Brythonic Celtic, language of Wales, known by natives as Cymraeg, were transliterated into English. Welsh names that were documented in English often changed dramatically since the native language of Wales, which was highly inflected, did not copy well. Occasionally, however, spelling variations were carried out according to an individual's specific design: a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations could be indicated by minor variations. The spelling variations of the name Madox have included Maddox, Maddix, Maddick, Mattick, Matticks, Mattix, Maddock, Maddockes, Maddocks, Madocks, Madox, Madoch, Mattock and many more.

Early Notables of the Madox family (pre 1700)

Another 39 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Madox Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Madox family to Ireland

Some of the Madox family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Madox migration to Canada

During the latter half of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century, the people of Wales journeyed to North America to find a new life. They made major contributions to the arts, industry and commerce of both Canada and the United States, and added a rich cultural heritage to their newly adopted societies. A look at the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Madox:

Madox Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Arthur Madox U.E. who settled in Parr Town, Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 became a Freeman in 1785 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Madox (post 1700)

  • Thomas Madox (1666-1727), English legal antiquary
  • Sir Richard Madox Bromley (1813-1866), English civil servant who traced his descent to Sir Thomas Bromley (1530-1587), Lord Chancellor of England in the reign of Elizabeth
  • Lucy Madox Rossetti (1843-1894), French-born, painter, was the only daughter of Ford Madox Brown who brought her to England in 1844
  • Oliver Madox Brown (1855-1874), English author
  • Ford Madox Brown (1821-1893), British historical painter

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Citations

  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
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