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Early Origins of the Madeley family

The surname Madeley was first found in Greater Manchester at Matley, a township, in the parish of Mottramin-Longdendale, union of Ashton, hundred of Macclesfield, formerly in the county of Chester. Relumnd de Madeleia was listed in the Pipe Rolls of Cheshire in 1212 and later, Hugh de Maddelee was listed at Husting in 1318. Thomas de Maddeleye was found in the Subsidy Rolls for Worcestershire in 1332. [1]

William de Mattelegh, Hugh de Mattelegh and Richard de Mattlegh were all listed in Cheshire in 1316, 1316 and 1300. [2] In 1325, William held the estates in the parish of Mottram.

Madeley Old Manor, originally known as Madeley Castle in the 14th century, was a medieval fortified manor house in the parish of Madeley, Staffordshire. It is now a ruin, with only fragments of its walls remaining. Madeley Old Hall, built in the late 1500's is an Elizabethan house, now a small hotel, in the village of Madeley in Staffordshire, England. Madley is a village and civil parish in the English county of Herefordshire.

Madeley in Staffordshire dates back to Saxon times when it was known as Madanlieg in 975, later to be recorded as Madellie in the Domesday Book of 1086. [3] Madeley-Market in Shropshire similarly dates back to the Domesday and was recorded at that time as Madelie. [4] "The name of this town indicates its situation between two rivers, and the adjunct arose from the grant of a market here, in the time of Henry III., to a community of Cluniac monks at Wenlock, to whom Madeley belonged. " [5]

The name Madeley literally means "woodland clearing of a man called 'Mada,' from the Old English personal name + "leah." [4]

Early History of the Madeley family

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Madeley Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Matley, Matlee, Matlie, Matleigh, Matlea, Madley, Maddely, Maddelly and many more.

Early Notables of the Madeley family

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Australia Madeley migration to Australia +

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

Madeley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Charles Madeley, British Convict who was convicted in Warwick, Warwickshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Batavia" in October 1817, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [6]
  • Mr. George Madeley, English convict who was convicted in Warwick, Warwickshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Asiatic" on 5th June 1819, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [7]

Contemporary Notables of the name Madeley (post 1700) +

  • Anna Madeley (b. 1976), English actress
  • Paul Edward Madeley (b. 1944), former Leeds United and England footballer
  • Chloe Madeley (b. 1987), English television presenter, freelance journalist, and model, daughter of Richard Madeley
  • Richard Madeley (b. 1956), who with his wife Judy Finnigan are British television presenters and columnists, best known for hosting the daily chat show Richard & Judy from 2001 until 2009
  • Darrin R. Madeley (b. 1968), Canadian former professional ice hockey goaltender


  1. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  4. Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  5. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  6. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 30th September 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/batavia
  7. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 14th July 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/atlas


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