Maudlin History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The distinguished surname Maudlin is derived from the Hebrew "Magdalen," meaning "woman of Magdala." This name was also used, fairly infrequently, as a Christian name during the 13th century.

Early Origins of the Maudlin family

The surname Maudlin was first found in Oxfordshire, where the Maudlin family was anciently seated 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. However, many Saxon surnames survived, and the family name Maudlin was first referenced in the 13th century, when the Maudlin family held estates in Oxfordshire.

Important Dates for the Maudlin family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Maudlin research. Another 104 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1273 and 1368 are included under the topic Early Maudlin History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Maudlin Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Maudlin were recorded, including Maudlin, Maudling, Madeline, Magdelin, Madolin, Magdelyn, Magdeleine and many more.

Early Notables of the Maudlin family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Maudlin family to Ireland

Some of the Maudlin family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 81 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Maudlin migration to the United States

To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Maudlin family emigrate to North America:

Maudlin Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Joane Maudlin, who settled in Virginia in 1666
Maudlin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Maudlin, who arrived in Detroit in 1869

Contemporary Notables of the name Maudlin (post 1700)

  • Tim W Maudlin (b. 1958), American philosopher, director of undergraduate studies and professor of philosophy at Rutgers University
  • Grant D. Maudlin, American Republican politician, Mayor of Royal Oak, Michigan, 1943-45; postmaster at Royal Oak, Michigan, 1954-69 (acting, 1954-56) [1]
  • Arthur S. Maudlin, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1928, 1936 [1]


  1. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 7) . Retrieved from
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