Medwin History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Early Origins of the Medwin family
The surname Medwin was first found in Northampton where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book,  indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant of the lands of Maidwell, held by Berener from Mainou the Breton who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086. There is an early record of an Alanus de Maidwell of Maidwell, Northamptonshire, in the 12th century.
Important Dates for the Medwin family
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Medwin Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Medewell, Maidwell, Meadwell, Mayedwell, Madewell, Mwedwel, Medwell, Medwill, Medville and many more.
Early Notables of the Medwin family (pre 1700)
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Medwin migration to New Zealand
Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:
Medwin Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- William Medwin, aged 37, a farm labourer, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Slains Castle" in 1841
- Elizabeth Medwin, aged 45, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Slains Castle" in 1841
- Edwin Medwin, aged 15, a farm labourer, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Slains Castle" in 1841
- John Medwin, aged 13, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Slains Castle" in 1841
- Eliza Medwin, aged 12, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Slains Castle" in 1841
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Contemporary Notables of the name Medwin (post 1700)
- Albert H Medwin (b. 1925), American electrical engineer who led the engineering group that developed the world's first low power CMOS chips
- Thomas Medwin (1788-1869), English poet and translator, best known for his biographies of his cousin Percy Bysshe Shelley and his recollections of his good friend Lord Byron
- Michael Hugh Medwin OBE (b. 1923), English actor and film producer, best known for his work on The Duchess (2008), Scrooge (1970) and Three Live Wires (1961)
- Cameron Medwin (b. 1982), Canadian soccer defender
- Fergus Michael Medwin (1874-1934), Australian politician, member of the Tasmanian House of Assembly as a Labor member for Darwin (1928-1931)
- Terence "Terry" Cameron Medwin (b. 1932), former Welsh international footballer who played from 1949 to 1963, member of the Wales National Team (1953-1963)
- ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)