The associated coat of arms for this name are recorded in J.B Rietstaps Armorial General. Illustrated by V & H.V Rolland's. This Monumental work took 23 years to complete and 85,000 coats of Arms are included in this work. This universal surname of MADAY is of three fold-origin. It was an occupational name for someone who dyes, or sells red dye; one who came from MADAN is Germany; one who mows or harvests grain, a miller. The mill, whether powered by water, wind or (occasionally) animals, was an important centre in every medieval settlement; it was normally operated by an agent of the local landowner, and individual peasants were compelled to come to him to have their corn ground into flour, a proportion of the ground corn being kept by the miller by way of payment. Medieval records disclose a tendency on the part of the millers to substitute grain of poor quality for the good grain they were given to grind. Thus, as a group they were not popular, although many were among the most wealthy of a village. The name is also spelt MADER, MADERER, MAIDER, MAYDAY and MADDER. The earliest of the name on record appears to be Jacob le MADUR, who was recorded in County Lincolnshire in the year 1273, and John MADERMAN was recorded in 1300. James MADDER and Christian Black were married at St. George's, Hanover Square, London in the year 1748. It was not until the 10th century that modern hereditary surnames first developed, and the use of fixed names spread, first to France, and then England, then to Germany and all of Europe. In these parts of Europe, the individual man was becoming more important, commerce was increasing and the exact identification of each man was becoming a necessity. Even today however, the Church does not recognise surnames. Baptisms and marriages are performed through use of the Christian name alone. Thus hereditary names as we know them today developed gradually during the 11th to the 15th century in the various European countries.
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