Maddern History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Maddern 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 Maddern family

The surname Maddern 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 Maddern family

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Maddern Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Maddern family (pre 1700)

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United States Maddern migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Maddern Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Richard Maddern, (b. 1859), aged 30, Cornish miner departing from Liverpool aboard the ship "Umbria" arriving in the United States on 17 June 1889 [4]
  • Mr. Fred Maddern, (b. 1875), aged 24, Cornish farm labourer, from Penzance, Cornwall, UK travelling aboard the ship "Lucania" arriving at Ellis Island, New York on 14th October 1899 en route to Ishpeming, Michigan, USA [5]
Maddern Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Mr. John Maddern, (b. 1858), aged 43, English miner travelling aboard the ship "St Louis" arriving at Ellis Island, New York on 6th July 1901 en route to Michigan, USA [5]
  • Mr. Soloman Maddern, (b. 1859), aged 42, Cornish miner, from Penzance, Cornwall, UK travelling aboard the ship "Oceanic" arriving at Ellis Island, New York on 6th November 1901 en route to Bisbee, Arizona, USA [5]

Australia Maddern migration to Australia +

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

Maddern Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Catherine Maddern, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Success" in 1848 [6]
  • John Maddern, aged 58, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Harry Lorrequer" [7]
  • William Maddern, aged 32, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Harry Lorrequer" [7]
  • Mr. William Maddern, (b. 1808), aged 41, Cornish farm labourer from St. Buryan, Cornwall, UK travelling aboard the ship "Sir George Seymour" arriving in New South Wales, Australia on 14th May 1849 [8]
  • Mrs. Phillis Maddern, (b. 1810), aged 39, Cornish settler from St. Buryan, Cornwall, UK travelling aboard the ship "Sir George Seymour" arriving in New South Wales, Australia on 14th May 1849 [8]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Maddern 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:

Maddern Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mrs. Agnes Maddern, (b. 1852), aged 22, Cornish settler departing on 29th August 1874 aboard the ship "Pleiades" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 16th December 1874 [9]
  • Miss Elizabeth Maddern, (b. 1870), aged 4, Cornish settler departing on 29th August 1874 aboard the ship "Pleiades" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 16th December 1874 [9]
  • Mr. William T. Maddern, (b. 1843), aged 31, Cornish farm labourer departing on 29th August 1874 aboard the ship "Pleiades" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 16th December 1874 [9]

Contemporary Notables of the name Maddern (post 1700) +

  • Clarence James Maddern (1921-1986), American Major League Baseball outfielder who played from 1946 to 1951
  • Richard John Maddern -Williams FRCO (1885-1955), English music teacher and organist
  • Barry James Maddern AC (1937-1994), Australian barrister and jurist
  • Marguerite Anne Maddern (b. 1955), Australian Liberal National politician, Member of the Queensland Parliament for Maryborough (2012-)
  • Rebecca Maddern (b. 1977), Australian-born journalist, news reporter and presenter
  • Victor Jack Maddern (1928-1993), English actor, known for his roles in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968), Exodus (1960) and Steptoe and Son (1972)


  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. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, April 30). Emigrants to New York 1820 - 1891 [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_new_york_1820_1891.pdf
  5. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_ellis_island_1892_on.pdf
  6. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SUCCESS 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848Success.htm
  7. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HARRY LORREQUER 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849HarryLorrequer.htm
  8. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, May 30). Ships' Passenger Lists of Arrivals in New South Wales on (1828 - 1842, 1848 - 1849) [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_nsw_1838_on.pdf
  9. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, April 30). Emigrants to Lyttelton 1858-84 [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/new_zealand_assisted.pdf


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