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As a surname, Maggard is derived from the Scandinavian personal name Magnus. The name was born by King of Norway Magnus the Good, who died in 1047. It made its way to Britain through the Danish invasions of Northeastern Britain.

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The surname Maggard was first found in Shetland, where they held a family seat in their territories in the Orkneys. The Viking influence of northern Scotland developed as a stepping stone to Iceland from Scandinavia. Many Viking expeditions were started from the Orkneys and the northern tip. Rollo, first Duke of Normandy, started his conquest of that part of France as an expeditionary from here. Hugo Magnus was found at 1114. Later the name was found in Cortance, Aberdeen in the 17th century.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Magnus, Manus, MacVanish, Magnusson, Magnuson, Magnos, Magnes, Magnusson, Magnuss, MacVinish, McWeynish, MacVinis and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Maggard research. Another 273 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1047, 1510, 1600 and 1420 are included under the topic Early Maggard History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Maggard Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Maggard Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Leslie B. Maggard, aged 27, who settled in America, in 1909
  • Delano Maggard, aged 33, who emigrated to the United States, in 1910
  • Leslie Bennett Maggard, aged 34, who landed in America, in 1911
  • Henry Maggard, aged 30, who landed in America, in 1915

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  • John "Slo" Maggard, American musician and the bassist
  • Joe Maggard (b. 1955), American writer, director and producer and an actor, best known for his role as Ronald McDonald in McDonalds advertisements
  • Dave Maggard (b. 1940), American former Olympian and athletic director at the University of California, Berkeley


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  • Maggard Family Genealogy by Kenneth Maggard.
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  2. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  3. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Scotch Irish Pioneers In Ulster and America. Montana: Kessinger Publishing. Print.
  4. Paul, Sir James Balfour. An Ordinary of Arms Contained in the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland Second Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1903. Print.
  5. Browne, James. The History of Scotland it's Highlands, Regiments and Clans 8 Volumes. Edinburgh: Francis A Niccolls & Co, 1909. Print.
  6. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry Including American Families with British Ancestry 2 Volumes. London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  7. Catholic Directory For Scotland. Glasgow: Burns Publications. Print.
  8. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  9. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  10. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
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The Maggard Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Maggard Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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