Medlyn History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

From the historical and enchanting region of Scotland emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Medlyn 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 Medlyn 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 Medlyn family

The surname Medlyn 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] 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 Medlyn family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Medlyn research. Another 216 words (15 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 Medlyn History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Medlyn Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Medlyn 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 the Scottish Parliament; and...
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Ireland Migration of the Medlyn family to Ireland

Some of the Medlyn family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 51 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Australia Medlyn migration to Australia +

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

Medlyn Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. James Medlyn, (b. 1829), aged 23, Cornish farm labourer, from Helston, Cornwall, UK travelling aboard the ship "Joseph Somes" arriving in New South Wales, Australia on 1st February 1852 [2]
  • Mr. Richard Medlyn, (b. 1831), aged 21, Cornish farm labourer and gardiner, from Helston, Cornwall, UK travelling aboard the ship "Joseph Somes" arriving in New South Wales, Australia on 1st February 1852 [2]
  • Thomas Medlyn, aged 35, a shepherd, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Taymouth Castle" [3]
  • Charles Medlyn, aged 19, a miner, who arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Burlington"
  • Mr. James H. Medlyn, (b. 1864), aged 28, Cornish settler travelling aboard the ship "Tara" arriving in Queensland, Australia on 30th March 1892 [4]
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Contemporary Notables of the name Medlyn (post 1700) +

  • Belinda Medlyn, American actress, known for 1MC: Something of Vengeance (2010) and The Mel Bourne Ultimatum (2009)
  • Neal Medlyn, American actor, known for People Are Detectives (2015), Grossmalerman! (2011) and Bridget Everett: Gynecological Wonder
  • Neal Medlyn (b. 1975), American New York City-based performance artist and musician from Palestine, Texas
  • Helen Medlyn, English-born, New Zealand actress, 2002 Arts Foundation of New Zealand Laureate, known for The Tommyknockers (1993), Jack Be Nimble (1993) and Bloodlines (2010)
  • Darby Medlyn (b. 1999), Australian professional rugby league footballer who plays as a lock for the Canberra Raiders


The Medlyn 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.


  1. ^ Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_1850_59.pdf
  3. ^ South Australian Register Thursday 4th May 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Taymouth Castle 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/taymouthcastle1854.shtml.
  4. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retreived 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_australia_queensland.pdf


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