Maiden History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Maiden originally appeared in Gaelic as "Mac an Mhadaidh," which is probably derived from the word "madadh," which means dog. [1]

Alternatively, the name could have been from "descendant of little Matthew (gift of Jehovah.)" [2]

Early Origins of the Maiden family

The surname Maiden was first found in County Galway (Irish: Gaillimh) part of the province of Connacht, located on the west coast of the Island, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

We did find this interesting entry for the Mudrigan variant in the parish of St. Martin, Cornwall, England: "Although this parish contains no manor, Mudgian is said formerly to have had manorial rights, when it belonged to a family of this name, and was their seat. From the Mudgians it passed with an heiress in marriage to the Chynoweths." [3]

Early History of the Maiden family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Maiden research. Another 89 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1556, 1567, 1677, 1715, 1713 and 1715 are included under the topic Early Maiden History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Maiden Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: MacAvaddy, Madden, O'Madden, Madigan, Macavadan and others.

Early Notables of the Maiden family (pre 1700)

Another 42 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Maiden Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Maiden migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Maiden Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Maiden, aged 32, who landed in New York in 1812 [4]
Maiden Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Alexander Maiden, aged 42, who landed in America from Monifirth, Scotland, in 1908
  • Stewart Maiden, aged 23, who immigrated to the United States from Carnoustie, Scotland, in 1908
  • James Maiden, aged 27, who immigrated to the United States from Carnoustie, Scotland, in 1909
  • Elizabeth Maiden, aged 30, who immigrated to the United States from Biddernaneke, England, in 1909
  • John C. Maiden, aged 35, who landed in America from Dundee, Scotland, in 1910
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Maiden 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:

Maiden Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Henry Maiden, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Solent" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 30th July 1857 [5]
  • Mrs. Maiden, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Solent" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 30th July 1857 [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Maiden (post 1700) +

  • Joe Maiden (1941-2015), English gardener, horticulturist, author and BBC Radio presenter, known for his books "Grow with Joe..."
  • Joseph Henry Maiden (1859-1925), Australian botanist


  1. ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  2. ^ Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York, Harper & Row, 1956. Print
  3. ^ Hutchins, Fortescue, The History of Cornwall, from the Earliest Records and Traditions to the Present Time. London: William Penaluna, 1824. Print
  4. ^ 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)
  5. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html


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