Machin History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Welsh Machin surname is thought to derived from name of the village of Machen, located near Caerphilly, in the county of Monmouthshire.

Alternatively, the name could have been derived from the name of an ancestor as in 'the son of Matthew.' [1]

Early Origins of the Machin family

The surname Machin was first found in Monmouthshire (Welsh: Sir Fynwy), at Machen, a parish, in the union of Newport, partly in the hundred of Wentlloog, South Wales. [2]

Early History of the Machin family

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Machin 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 Machin have included Machen, Machin, Machon, Mackon, Makin, Makins, MacMacken and many more.

Early Notables of the Machin family (pre 1700)

Prominent amongst the family during the late Middle Ages was Thomas Machen (c. 1541-1614), an English mercer who was mayor of Gloucester three times, Member of Parliament for Gloucester in 1614; Bathsua Reginald Makin (c.1600-c.1675) English middle-class proto-feminist who...
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Machin Ranking

In the United States, the name Machin is the 16,443rd most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [3] However, in France, the name Machin is ranked the 4,118th most popular surname with an estimated 1,500 - 2,000 people with that name. [4]

Ireland Migration of the Machin family to Ireland

Some of the Machin family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Machin migration to the United States +

North America in the 1800s and 1900s saw the arrival of many Welsh people hoping to share in the wealth of land, work, and freedom that they felt North America held. Those who made the journey often attained those expectations, but only through an enormous amount of hard work, perseverance, and often a bout of good luck. These immigrants helped contribute to the growth of industry, commerce, and culture of both Canada and the United States. Discovered in the immigration and passenger lists were a number of people bearing the name Machin:

Machin Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Eliza Machin, who arrived in Virginia in 1635 [5]
  • John Machin, who arrived in Maryland in 1637 [5]
  • Eliz Machin, who landed in Virginia in 1640 [5]
  • Tho Machin, who arrived in Virginia in 1651 [5]
  • Edmond Machin, who arrived in Virginia in 1656 [5]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Machin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Charles Machin, who landed in Savanna(h), Georgia in 1806 [5]
  • George Machin, aged 23, who landed in New York in 1849 [5]
  • James Machin, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1856 [5]
  • Joseph Machin, aged 31, who arrived in New York in 1864 [5]

Canada Machin migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Machin Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • H Machin, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1907

Australia Machin migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Machin Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Edward Machin, English convict who was convicted in Shropshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Bangalore" on 28th March 1848, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) from Bermuda [6]

New Zealand Machin migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Machin Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. George Machin, (b. 1816), aged 43, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Roman Emperor" arriving in Lyttlelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 26th January 1860 [7]
  • Mrs. Hannah Machin, (b. 1817), aged 42, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Roman Emperor" arriving in Lyttlelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 26th January 1860 [7]
  • Mr. Thomas Machin, (b. 1836), aged 23, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Roman Emperor" arriving in Lyttlelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 26th January 1860 [7]
  • Mrs. Anne Machin, (b. 1837), aged 22, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Roman Emperor" arriving in Lyttlelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 26th January 1860 [7]
  • Miss Anne Machin, (b. 1857), aged 2, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Roman Emperor" arriving in Lyttlelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 26th January 1860 [7]

Contemporary Notables of the name Machin (post 1700) +

  • Timothy N. Machin, American politician, 10th Lieutenant Governor of California from 1863 to 1867
  • Timothy N. Machin, American politician, Member of California State Assembly 12th District, 1862-63; Lieutenant Governor of California, 1863-67 [8]
  • Arnold Machin OBE, RA, FRBS, (1911-1999), English Master Sculptor, Staffordshire, England
  • Roger Machin (1926-2021), French international football referee
  • Ms. Mary Lewis Machin M.B.E., British County Ambassador for Girlguiding Ross-shire, was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire on 29th December 2018 for services to Girlguiding and to the community in Ross-shire [9]
  • Melvyn "Mel" Machin (b. 1945), English former footballer and manager
  • Janine Machin (b. 1978), British radio and TV presenter
  • Alfred George Fysh Machin (b. 1888), British writer on the evolution of societies
  • Ernie Machin (1944-2012), English footballer
  • Edward Anthony Machin QC,, Hertfordshire
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Hood
  • Mr. John L Machin (b. 1902), English Lieutenant-Commander serving for the Royal Navy from England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [10]


  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  4. ^ http://www.journaldesfemmes.com/nom-de-famille/nom/
  5. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  6. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 15th September 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/bangalore
  7. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  8. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 15) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  9. ^ "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62507, 28 December 2018 | London Gazette, The Gazette, Dec. 2018, www.thegazette.co.uk/honours-lists
  10. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm


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