Meadon History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Meadon 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 Meadon family

The surname Meadon 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 Meadon family

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Meadon Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Meadon family (pre 1700)

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United States Meadon migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Meadon Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Meadon, who landed in New York in 1799 [4]

Australia Meadon migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Meadon Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. William Meadon, (b. 1821), aged 22, English convict who was convicted in Somerset, England for 7 years for stealing, transported aboard the "Cressy" on 28th April 1843, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Meadon (post 1700) +

  • Ernest John Meadon Esq., Australian politician, Under-Secretary and Accountant-General, Ministry of Power, Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB) in 1960
  • Sir Percival Edward Meadon CBE MA, English Director of Education, Lancashire, eponym of Meadon Hall, Edge Hill University, Ormskirk, Lancashire


  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. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 21st May 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/cressy


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