Maddan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Maddan originally appeared in Gaelic as "Mac an Mhadaidh," which is probably derived from the word "madadh," which means dog. [1]

Alternatively, the name could have been from "descendant of little Matthew (gift of Jehovah.)" [2]

Early Origins of the Maddan family

The surname Maddan 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.

We did find this interesting entry for the Mudrigan variant in the parish of St. Martin, Cornwall, England: "Although this parish contains no manor, Mudgian is said formerly to have had manorial rights, when it belonged to a family of this name, and was their seat. From the Mudgians it passed with an heiress in marriage to the Chynoweths." [3]

Early History of the Maddan family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Maddan research. Another 89 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1556, 1567, 1677, 1715, 1713 and 1715 are included under the topic Early Maddan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Maddan Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Maddan family (pre 1700)

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New Zealand Maddan 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:

Maddan Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Samuel Maddan, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840


  1. ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  2. ^ Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York: Harper & Row, 1956. Print
  3. ^ Hutchins, Fortescue, The History of Cornwall, from the Earliest Records and Traditions to the Present Time. London: William Penaluna, 1824. Print


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