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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, 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
  • ... (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. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  2. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  3. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  4. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  5. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  6. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  7. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  8. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  9. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  10. 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).
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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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