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Madgwick Coat of Arms / Madgwick Family Crest

Madgwick Coat of Arms / Madgwick Family Crest

The origins of MADGWICK are unclear, however it appears that firstly, the name could have been derived from the Welsh name Madawc, usually found as Maddock, a personal name of patronymic origin, deriving from the name of the father of the original bearer. Thus the surname signifies 'the son of Madoc'. It could also have been a locational name 'of Madgwick' deriving from the Old English word 'maed-wic' literally meaning the dweller at the village settlement. Habitation names are derived from names denoting towns, villages, farmsteads or other named places, which include rivers, houses with signs on them, regions, or whole counties. The original bearer of the name who stayed in his area might be known by the name of his farm, or the locality in the parish; someone who moved to another town might be known by the name of his village; while someone who moved to another county could acquire the name of that county or the region from which he originated. Early records of the name mention Venus filius Madoc who was documented in the year 1160 in the Pipe Rolls of Shropshire, and William Madoc is recorded in the Hundred Rolls of 1274. In 1290 a Robert Mattock was resident in County Cheshire. The name has many variant spellings which include Maddox, Maddick, Madocks, Mattacks, Mattick and Mattuck. Following the crusades in Europe in the 11th, 12th and 13th centuries, a need was felt for a family name to replace the one given at birth, or in addition to it. This was recognized by those of noble birth, and particularly by those who went on the Crusades, as it added prestige and practical advantage to their status.

The arms depicted here are the associated coat of arms for the name MADOC.


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last updated on: April 3, 2018

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