Maddock History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Welsh surname Maddock is derived from the early Welsh personal name Madoc. This was also written as Madawc and Madog, from the Old Welsh name Matoc, which had the literal meaning of goodly. [1]

Early Origins of the Maddock family

The surname Maddock was first found in the Domesday Book of 1086 where the singular name Madoch is recorded in Gloucestershire. [2]

"Madoc an ancient Welsh personal name. One Madoch was a tenant in chief in Herefordshire at the making of Domesday. He was doubtless a Welshman by birth." [3]

Dusting off more old references, we found Oenus filius Madoc in the Pipe Rolls for Salop (Shropshire) in 1160; Maddock le Waleys in the Assize Rolls for Staffordshire in 1283; and William Madoc in the Hundredorum Rolls for Shropshire in 1274. In Cheshire, Robert Mattok was listed there in the Assize Rolls for 1290 and Robert Madduk and Stephen Madek was found in Colchester in 1297. [4]

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 included: Madoc de Sotton; Tudor ab Madoc; and Maddoc le Estrange. All were from Shropshire. [5]

"Maddock and Maddocks, forms of the ancient Welsh personal name of Madoc, have characterised Wales and the English border shires for ages. Madoch was the name of a Herefordshire tenant in Domesday times, whilst Maddox is still an old Hereford name. In the reign of Edward. I. there were persons of the name of Madoc in Shropshire (H. R.), in which county the names of Maddock and Maddocks still occur. Maddock is now a frequent name in Chester and its neighbourhood, and John Maddock was mayor of Chester in 1676 (Ormerod). Maddocks was the name of a very ancient family of Llanfrynach, Brecknockshire (Jones' "Brecknockshire")." [6]

Early History of the Maddock family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Maddock research. Another 116 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1571, 1612, 1598, 1612, 1697, 1759 and 1736 are included under the topic Early Maddock History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Maddock Spelling Variations

Compared to other ancient cultures found in the British Isles, the number of Welsh surnames are relatively few, but there are an inordinately large number of spelling variations. These spelling variations began almost as soon as surname usage became common. People could not specify how to spell their own names leaving the specific recording up to the individual scribe or priest. Those recorders would then spell the names as they heard them, causing many different variations. Later, many Welsh names were recorded in English. This transliteration process was extremely imprecise since the Brythonic Celtic language of the Welsh used many sounds the English language was not accustomed to. Finally, some variations occurred by the individual's design: a branch loyalty within a family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations were indicated by spelling variations of one's name. The Maddock name over the years has been spelled Maddox, Maddix, Maddick, Mattick, Matticks, Mattix, Maddock, Maddockes, Maddocks, Madocks, Madox, Madoch, Mattock and many more.

Early Notables of the Maddock family (pre 1700)

Another 39 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Maddock Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Maddock Ranking

In the United States, the name Maddock is the 11,672nd most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [7]

Ireland Migration of the Maddock family to Ireland

Some of the Maddock family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Maddock migration to the United States +

Many people from Wales joined the general migration to North America in the 19th and 20th centuries, searching for land, work, and freedom. Like the many other immigrants from the British Isles, they made a significant contribution to the development of Canada and the United States. The Welsh and their descendents added a rich cultural tradition to the newly developed towns, cities, and villages. An investigation of the immigration and passenger lists has revealed a number of people bearing the name Maddock:

Maddock Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Maddock, who settled in New Jersey in 1654
  • Cornelius Maddock, who landed in Maryland in 1680 [8]
  • Henry Maddock, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1682 [8]
  • Henry Maddock, who settled in Delaware in 1682
  • John Maddock, who settled in Philadelphia in 1686
Maddock Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • James Maddock, who landed in New York in 1797 [8]
Maddock Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Benjamin Maddock, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1807 [8]
  • Edward Maddock, who arrived in New York in 1825 [8]
  • Lawrence Maddock, who landed in Mobile County, Ala in 1842 [8]
  • Mark Maddock, aged 24, who arrived in New York in 1854 [8]
  • John Maddock, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1876 [8]
Maddock Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Arabella Maddock, aged 60, who immigrated to America from Liverpool, in 1903
  • Alice Maddock, aged 5, who immigrated to the United States from Down, in 1905
  • Edward Maddock, aged 7, who immigrated to America from Down, in 1905
  • Eliza Maddock, aged 18, who immigrated to the United States from Liverpool, England, in 1906
  • Chas. Maddock, who immigrated to the United States, in 1906
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Maddock migration to Australia +

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

Maddock Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Maddock, (b. 1815), aged 22, English shoe maker who was convicted in Liverpool, Merseyside, England for 7 years for obtaining money under false pretenses, transported aboard the "Blenheim" on 11th March 1837, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [9]
  • Mr. Robert Maddock, English convict who was convicted in Suffolk, England for life, transported aboard the "Charles Kerr" on 6th June 1837, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [10]
  • Mr. Thomas Maddock, (b. 1808), aged 40, Cornish labourer from Callington, Cornwall, UK travelling aboard the ship "Artemisia" arriving in New South Wales, Australia on 13th December 1848 [11]
  • Mrs. Mary Maddock, (b. 1810), aged 38, Cornish settler from St. Clair, Cornwall, UK travelling aboard the ship "Artemisia" arriving in New South Wales, Australia on 13th December 1848 [11]
  • Mr. Richard Maddock, (b. 1834), aged 14, Cornish farm labourer from Callington, Cornwall, UK travelling aboard the ship "Artemisia" arriving in New South Wales, Australia on 13th December 1848 [11]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Maddock 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:

Maddock Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mrs. Maddock, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Norfolk" arriving in Wellington, North Island, New Zealand on 18th June 1880 [12]
  • Mr. Maddock, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Norfolk" arriving in Wellington, North Island, New Zealand on 18th June 1880 [12]
  • Elizabeth Maddock, aged 22, a dairymaid, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rangitikei" in 1884
  • Winifred Maddock, aged 20, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rangitikei" in 1884

Contemporary Notables of the name Maddock (post 1700) +

  • James Andrew "Mad Dog" Maddock (1934-2011), American football player
  • Joseph Herbert "Joe" Maddock (1877-1943), American college football player and coach
  • Meggie Maddock, American actress, known for her work on Fire Ripples (2014), The Pinkertons and the Carbon Arc Contrivance (2011) and Butcher (2014)
  • Brent Maddock, American writer, known for Tremors (1990), Wild Wild West (1999) and Heart and Souls (1993)
  • Walter Jeremiah Maddock (1880-1951), American politician, 14th Lieutenant Governor of North Dakota
  • Joseph Herbert Maddock (1877-1943), American college football player and coach
  • Beatrice Louise "Bea" Maddock OA (1934-2016), Australian artist
  • Hopkin "Hop" Thomas Maddock MC (1881-1921), Wales international rugby union player
  • Henry Maddock (d. 1824), English barrister and legal author
  • John "Jack" Maddock (1896-1972), English footballer
  • ... (Another 8 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  1. ^ Arthur, William , An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. London: 1857. Print
  2. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  3. ^ Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  4. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  5. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  6. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  7. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  8. ^ 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)
  9. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 15th October 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/blenheim
  10. ^ Convict Records of Australia ( retrieved 1st February 2021, retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/charles-kerr)
  11. ^ 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
  12. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html


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