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Madeleine History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Madeleine family

The surname Madeleine was first found in Burgundy (French: Bourgogne), an administrative and historical region of east-central France where this celebrated family held a family seat from ancient times.

Early History of the Madeleine family

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Madeleine Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Magdelaine, Madeleine, La Magdelaine, La Madeleine, Magdeleines, Madeleines, La Magdelaines, La Madeleines, Madelain, Magdaline, Madelaine, Madelin, Magdelin and many more.

Early Notables of the Madeleine family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Madeleine family to the New World and Oceana

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Madeleine Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Jean, Madeleine and Jeanne Mercier in Louisiana in 1719

Madeleine Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century

  • Vivier Madeleine who settled in Quebec in 1672

Contemporary Notables of the name Madeleine (post 1700)

  • Sister Mary Madeleine Thibeaux, American nun who played herself in the television movie Kingfish: A Story of Huey P. Long (1995)
  • Madame Madeleine Renaud (1900-1994), French Actress and officer of the Legion of Honour
  • Marie Madeleine Brinvilliers (1630-1676), French murderess
  • Madeleine Jana Korbel Albright (b. 1937), born Marie Jana Korbelová, American politician, the first woman to become the United States Secretary of State
  • Madeleine Winefride Isabelle Dring (1923-1977), English composer and actress
  • Madeleine Murden, American actress, known for Please Stand By (2016) and Paper Towns (2015)
  • Madeleine Sherwood (1922-2016), born Madeleine Louise Hélène Thornton, a Canadian Obie Award winning actress, best known for her roles in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Sweet Bird of Youth and for her role as Reverend Mother Placido on The Flying Nun (1967-1970)
  • Madeleine Jouye de Grandmaison (b. 1938), née Nol,a French politician, member of the Martinican Democratic Rally
  • Madeleine Heitz (b. 1940), Swiss fencer in the women's individual foil event at the 1972 Summer Olympics
  • Madeleine Bunting, English writer, former Associate Editor and columnist at The Guardian newspaper

The Madeleine Motto

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Ayez l'amour de la Madeleine
Motto Translation: Have the love of Madeleine

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