From the historical and enchanting region of Scotland
emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Medland family name. Originally, the Scottish people were known only by a single name. Surnames evolved during the Middle Ages when people began to assume an extra name to avoid confusion and to further identify themselves. The Medland surname is generally thought to derive from the Anglo-Norman French word "maltalent," or "mautalent," meaning "bad temper," in turn from the Late Latin "malum," meaning "bad," and "talentum," meaning "inclination," or "disposition." As such, the surname is said to be a nickname
surname; originally used for someone with this characteristic. However, there was also a place called Mautalant in Pontorson, France, which may have been a source for the surname.
Early Origins of the Medland family
The surname Medland was first found in Berwickshire
an ancient county of Scotland
, presently part of the Scottish Borders Council Area, located in the eastern part of the Borders Region of Scotland, where they came from England
following 1066. Instances of the name were fairly common in Northumberland
during the 12th and 13th centuries. One reference claims the name was thought to have been derived from a place in the parish of Inveresk in the county of Edinburgh called Magdalen Pans, which evolved to Maitland Pans, from a chapel dedicated to St. Mary Magdalen, which formerly stood there.CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Whatever the origin, it seems the first on record in Scotland
was Thomas de Matalant, who was settled in Berwick during the reign of William the Lion, King of Scots from 1165 to 1214.
Early History of the Medland family
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Medland Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Maitland, Matland, Maltland, Maltalent, Matlain and others.
Early Notables of the Medland family (pre 1700)
Notable among the family at this time was Sir Richard Maitland (1486-1586), lawyer and poet; John Maitland (1537-1595), created 1st Lord Maitland of Thirlestane (1590), and Lord Chancellor of Scotland
(1586); John Maitland, 1st Earl of Lauderdale, Viscount of Lauderdale, Viscount Maitland, and Lord Thirlestane and Boltoun, (died 1645), President of... Another 59 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Medland Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Medland family to Ireland
Some of the Medland family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Medland family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Medland Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Geo Medland, who landed in Virginia in 1642 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
Medland Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Jus. Hy. Medland, aged 22, who landed in America from London England, in 1893
Medland Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Samuel John Medland, aged 22, who emigrated to the United States from Cornwall, England in 1906
- Ruby Medland, aged 1, who settled in America from Devenport, England, in 1907
- Thomas L. Medland, aged 46, who emigrated to America from Glasgow, Scotland, in 1908
- William John Medland, aged 36, who emigrated to the United States from Plymouth, England, in 1912
- Mary Edna Medland, aged 7, who emigrated to the United States from Plymouth, England, in 1912
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Medland Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
- William Edward Medland, aged 69, who emigrated to Toronto, Canada, in 1913
- William John Medland, aged 43, who emigrated to Toronto, Canada, in 1923
- Isabel Mary Medland, aged 40, who settled in Toronto, Canada, in 1923
Medland Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- John Medland, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Psyche" in 1849 CITATION[CLOSE]
State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PSYCHE 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849PsycheRegister.htm
- William Medland, aged 22, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Sea Park" CITATION[CLOSE]
South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SEA PARK 1852. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/seapark1852.shtml.
Contemporary Notables of the name Medland (post 1700)
- James Medland (1808-1894), English county surveyor for Gloucestershire from 1857 to 1889
- Thomas Medland (1765-1833), English engraver and draughtsman, landscape engraver to HRH the Prince of Wales
- Hubert Moses Medland (1881-1964), British Labour Party politician, Member of Parliament for Plymouth Drake (1945–1950)
- Lilian Marguerite Medland (1880-1955), Australian nurse and illustrator, best known for her paintings in Gregory Mathews' books on Australian birds
The Medland Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Consillio et animis
Motto Translation: By skill and spirit.