Show ContentsMadson History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Madson has a rich and ancient history. It is an Anglo-Saxon name that was originally derived from the baptismal name Matilda, a popular woman's name in the 11th century.

Early Origins of the Madson family

The surname Madson was first found in Durham where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

Early History of the Madson family

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Madson Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Madson include Madison, Maddison, Maddeson and others.

Early Notables of the Madson family (pre 1700)

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Madson Ranking

In the United States, the name Madson is the 8,715th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]

United States Madson migration to the United States +

A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Madson Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Lars Madson, who arrived in Wisconsin in 1912 [2]
  • Frederick Madson, aged 62, who arrived in New York, New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Boyne" from Genoa, Italy [3]
  • Henry Madson, aged 32, originally from England, who arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Michigan" from London, England [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Madson (post 1700) +

  • Paul Madson (1950-2001), American architect, founder of Paul Madson & Associates, Minneapolis
  • David P. Madson (b. 1976), known by his stage name Odd Nosdam, an American underground hip hop producer, DJ and visual artist
  • Ryan Michael Madson (b. 1980), American Major League Baseball pitcher

The Madson 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: Vae timido
Motto Translation: Woe to the timid.

  1. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  2. 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)
  3. Ellis Island Search retrieved 15th November 2022. Retrieved from on Facebook