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Modglin History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The distinguished surname Modglin is derived from the Hebrew "Magdalen," meaning "woman of Magdala." This name was also used, fairly infrequently, as a Christian name during the 13th century.


Early Origins of the Modglin family


The surname Modglin was first found in Oxfordshire, where the Modglin family was anciently seated as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066; the language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. However, many Saxon surnames survived, and the family name Modglin was first referenced in the 13th century, when the Modglin family held estates in Oxfordshire.

Early History of the Modglin family


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Modglin Spelling Variations


Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Modglin include Maudlin, Maudling, Madeline, Magdelin, Madolin, Magdelyn, Magdeleine and many more.

Early Notables of the Modglin family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Modglin family to Ireland


Some of the Modglin family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Modglin family to the New World and Oceana


Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Modglin were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

Modglin Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Strangeman Modglin, who is believed to have emigrated from Scotland to North Carolina during the mid-18th century

Contemporary Notables of the name Modglin (post 1700)


  • Gerry Modglin, American Chief Financial Officer of Herndon Products, a supplier of products to the aerospace and defense industries

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