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Medwin Early Origins



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, [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
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.

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Medwin Spelling Variations


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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.

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Medwin Early History


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Medwin Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Medwin research. Another 137 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1262, 1275, 1279, 1243, 1462 and 1502 are included under the topic Early Medwin History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Medwin Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Medwin Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 38 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Medwin Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Medwin Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • William Medwin, aged 37, a farm labourer, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Slains Castle" in 1841
  • Elizabeth Medwin, aged 45, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Slains Castle" in 1841
  • Edwin Medwin, aged 15, a farm labourer, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Slains Castle" in 1841
  • John Medwin, aged 13, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Slains Castle" in 1841
  • Eliza Medwin, aged 12, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Slains Castle" in 1841
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Medwin (post 1700)


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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)

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)

Other References

  1. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  2. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  3. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  4. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  5. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  6. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  7. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  8. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  9. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  10. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
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The Medwin Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Medwin 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.

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