Madden History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Madden 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 Madden family

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.

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 Madden family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Madden research. Another 89 words (6 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.

Madden Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Madden family (pre 1700)

Another 42 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Madden Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Madden migration to the United States +

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 [4]
  • John Madden, who settled in Barbados in 1663
Madden Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Will Madden, who arrived in Virginia in 1715 [4]
  • Edward Madden, who settled in New England in 1753
Madden Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Hugh Madden, aged 30, who landed in New York, NY in 1803 [4]
  • Mathew Madden, who landed in America in 1810 [4]
  • Jane Madden, who arrived in New York, NY in 1812 [4]
  • Edward Madden, aged 29, who landed in New York in 1812 [4]
  • Christian Madden, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1834 [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Madden migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Madden Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Ellen Madden, aged 32, who arrived in Canada in 1823
  • Jeremiah Madden, aged 16, who landed in Canada in 1823
  • John Madden, aged 7, who arrived in Canada in 1823
  • Mary Madden, aged 9, who arrived in Canada in 1823
  • Thomas Madden, aged 5, who arrived in Canada in 1823
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Madden migration to Australia +

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

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 [5]
  • William Madden, a painter, who arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • James Madden, a weaver, who arrived in Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Daniel Madden, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Delhi" in 1839 [6]
  • John Madden, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Aden" in 1849 [7]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Madden Settlers in Australia in the 20th Century
  • Mr. John P. Madden, (b. 1877), aged 23, Cornish settler travelling aboard the ship "Jumna" arriving in Queensland, Australia on 20th November 1900 [8]

New Zealand Madden 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:

Madden Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Samuel Madden, aged 23, a sawyer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bolton" in 1840
  • Charles Madden, who landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1842 aboard the ship Bollina
  • Mr. Michael Madden, British settler travelling from Liverpool aboard the ship "Tornado" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 26th September 1859 [9]
  • Miss Sarah Madden, British settler travelling from Liverpool aboard the ship "Tornado" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 26th September 1859 [9]
  • Mr. James Madden, British settler travelling from Liverpool aboard the ship "Tornado" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 26th September 1859 [9]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Madden (post 1700) +

  • Joseph Warren "J" Madden (1890-1972), American lawyer, judge, civil servant, educator and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • 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
  • ... (Another 70 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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 [10]
  • Mrs. Bertha Emma Madden, née Brown British Stewardess from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [10]
HMS Hood
  • Mr. John F Madden (b. 1915), English Ordinary Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Rochdale, Lancashire, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [11]
RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. Thomas Madden, English Fireman from England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking [12]
  • Mr. John Madden, English Fireman from Liverpool, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking and was recovered [12]


Suggested Readings for the name Madden +

  • 886 We Were Always Free: the Maddens of Culpeper County, Virginia by T.O. Madden.

  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
  4. ^ 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)
  5. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Albion voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1823 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1823
  6. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) DELHI 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Delhi.htm
  7. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Aden from London via Plymouth Adealide Arriving September 12th 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849AdenRegister.htm
  8. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retreived 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_australia_queensland.pdf
  9. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  10. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 17) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html
  11. ^ 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
  12. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 7) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/


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