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Where did the Scottish Medlin family come from? What is the Scottish Medlin family crest and coat of arms? When did the Medlin family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Medlin family history?

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 characteristic. However, there was also a place called Mautalant in Pontorson, France, which may have been a source for the surname.

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

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] 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.


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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.

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Another 203 words(14 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Medlin Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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.

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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"


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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  • Lex Medlin (b. 1969), American comedic actor, best known for his leading role in the 2006 Fox TV sitcom Happy Hour
  • Frankie Lee Medlin (b. 1964), professional American "Old School" Bicycle Motocross (BMX) racer
  • Daniel Ellis "Dan" Medlin (b. 1949), American NFL football guard who played for the Oakland Raiders (1974-1976) and in 1979
  • Eric Medlin, American portrait photographer and landscape artist
  • John Grimes Medlin Jr. (1933-2012), American bunsinessman, Chief Executive Officer of Wachovia from 1977 to 1993


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

Other References

  1. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and Don Pottinger. Clan Map Scotland of Old. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1983. Print.
  2. Donaldson, Gordon and Robert S. Morpeth. Who's Who In Scotish History. Wales: Welsh Academic Press, 1996. Print. (ISBN 186057-0054).
  3. Martine, Roddy, Roderick Martine and Don Pottinger. Scottish Clan and Family Names Their Arms, Origins and Tartans. Edinburgh: Mainstream, 1992. Print.
  4. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  5. 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.
  6. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  7. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  8. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  9. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  10. 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).
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The Medlin Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Medlin Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 21 February 2015 at 18:20.

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