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Where did the English Maddingly family come from? What is the English Maddingly family crest and coat of arms? When did the Maddingly family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Maddingly family history?
Spelling variations of this family name include: Mattingly, Mattingley, Maddingly, Madingly, Matingly and many more.
First found in Hampshire on the south coast of England where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book,  indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant of the lands of Heckfield, and the village of Mattingley, Hugh de Port and Alfsi son of Brictsi, held from the King, Norman nobles, who were recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086.
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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: James Mattingly, who arrived in Nova Scotia sometime between 1598 and 1867; Thomas Mattingly, who settled in Maryland in 1665; Judeth Mattingly, who came to Maryland in 1665.
The Maddingly Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Maddingly Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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