Madgett History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Madgett family

The surname Madgett was first found in Surrey where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 13th century when the family held estates in that county.

Early History of the Madgett family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Madgett research. Another 78 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1379, 1455, 1487, and 1526 are included under the topic Early Madgett History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Madgett Spelling Variations

Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Madgett include Machet, Machett, Madgett, Madget, Machitt, Machtit, Matchet and many more.

Early Notables of the Madgett family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Madgett Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Madgett family to Ireland

Some of the Madgett family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 103 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Madgett migration to the United States +

Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Madgett were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

Madgett Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Elizabeth Madgett, aged 60, who settled in America from Liverpool, in 1904

Canada Madgett migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Madgett Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Robert Madgett, who arrived in Quebec in 1852

New Zealand Madgett 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:

Madgett Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • John Madgett, aged 38, a labourer, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Maori" in 1864
  • Mary Madgett, aged 29, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Maori" in 1864
  • Catherine Madgett, aged 17, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Maori" in 1864

Contemporary Notables of the name Madgett (post 1700) +

  • John P. Madgett, General Manager of Dairyland Power Cooperative (1947 to 1978), eponym of John P. Madgett Station a base load, coal fired, electrical power station in Alma, Wisconsin
  • Naomi Long Madgett (b. 1923), African-American poet


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