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From the historical and enchanting region of Scotland emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Medlin 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 Medlin 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 characteristi c. However, there was also a place called Mautalant in Pontorson, France, which may have been a source for the surname.

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The surname Medlin 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.[1]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.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Maitland, Matland, Maltland, Maltalent, Matlain and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Medlin research. Another 431 words (31 lines of text) covering the years 1525, 1573, 1568, 1595, 1587, 1645, 1624, 1745, 1486, 1586, 1537, 1595, 1590, 1586, 1645, 1616, 1682, 1620, 1691, 1653, 1695, 1655, 1710 and are included under the topic Early Medlin History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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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 Medlin Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the Medlin family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 89 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Medlin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Alf Medlin, aged 40, who settled in America from Cornwall, in 1892
  • Annie Medlin, aged 21, who emigrated to America from Falmouth, in 1892
  • Flora Medlin, aged 2, who settled in America, in 1894

Medlin Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Charles Medlin, aged 24, who emigrated to the United States from Durham, in 1904
  • Charlotte Medlin, aged 41, who landed in America from Coventry, England, in 1909
  • Annie M. Medlin, aged 22, who landed in America from Penryn, England, in 1911
  • Alice May Medlin, aged 24, who emigrated to the United States from Truro, England, in 1920
  • Angelina Medlin, aged 62, who landed in America from Falmouth, England, in 1920

Medlin Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Medlin, aged 48, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Hooghly"
  • Thomas J. Medlin, aged 20, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Hooghly"
  • William Medlin, aged 19, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Hooghly"
  • Eliza Medlin, aged 24, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Hooghly"
  • Elizabeth A. Medlin, aged 22, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Hooghly"
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Medlin Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • James Medlin, aged 26, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Schiehallion" in 1872
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  • John Grimes Medlin Jr. (1933-2012), American bunsinessman, Chief Executive Officer of Wachovia from 1977 to 1993
  • Eric Medlin, American portrait photographer and landscape artist
  • Daniel Ellis "Dan" Medlin (b. 1949), American NFL football guard who played for the Oakland Raiders (1974-1976) and in 1979
  • Frankie Lee Medlin (b. 1964), professional American "Old School" Bicycle Motocross (BMX) racer
  • Lex Medlin (b. 1969), American comedic actor, best known for his leading role in the 2006 Fox TV sitcom Happy Hour
  • R. P. Medlin, American Democrat politician, Chair of Boone County Democratic Party, 1940
  • Lewis B. Medlin Jr., American Democrat politician, Candidate for Virginia State House of Delegates 19th District, 2011
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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.

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Citations



  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.

Other References

  1. Martine, Roddy, Roderick Martine and Don Pottinger. Scottish Clan and Family Names Their Arms, Origins and Tartans. Edinburgh: Mainstream, 1992. Print.
  2. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  3. Urquhart, Blair Edition. Tartans The New Compact Study Guide and Identifier. Secauccus, NJ: Chartwell Books, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0-7858-0050-6).
  4. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and David Hicks. The Highland Clans The Dynastic Origins, Cheifs and Background of the Clans. New York: C.N. Potter, 1968. Print.
  5. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Scotch Irish Pioneers In Ulster and America. Montana: Kessinger Publishing. Print.
  6. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  7. Adam, Frank. Clans Septs and Regiments of the Scottish Highlands 8th Edition. London: Bacon (G.W.) & Co, 1970. Print. (ISBN 10-0717945006).
  8. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  10. Bain, Robert. The Clans and Tartans of Scotland. Glasgow & London: Collins, 1968. Print. (ISBN 000411117-6).
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