Early Origins of the Maldon family
The surname Maldon was first found in Essex
at Maldon, a town on the Blackwater estuary. The town dates back to the early 10th century where it was first listed as Maeldune and as Maldon in the Anglo Saxon Chronicle. By the time of the Domesday Book
, the town was listed as Malduna and literally meant "hill with a crucifix" from the Old English words mael + dun. CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
One of the first records of the surname was found in the year 1236 when Robert Maldon held lands in that area.
Early History of the Maldon family
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Maldon Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Maldon are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Maldon include: Maldon, Malden, Maulden, Mauldon, Mauldin, Maulden and many more.
Early Notables of the Maldon family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Maldon family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Maldon or a variant listed above:
Maldon Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Frederick Maldon, who Oath of Allegiance was recorded in Philadelphia in 1840
Maldon Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Susanna Maldon, aged 8, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Susan" in 1838
- Bernard Maldon, aged 6, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Susan" in 1838
- John Maldon, aged 4, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Susan" in 1838