The surname of MADEL was derived from the Old French 'masle' a name meaning one who was masculine and brave. The name was brought to England in the wake of the Norman Conquest of 1066 with William The Conqueror. Early records of the name mention Robert le Masle 1187, County Berkshire. Osbert le Madle was documented in 1202 in County Essex. William le Madle was recorded in County Essex in 1305. John Maddle of London, registered at Oxford University in the year 1607. George Madel and Sarah Longworth were married at St. Peter, Cornhill, London in the year 1714. Baptised. Sarah, daughter of Thomas Maidle was baptised at St. Jame's, Clerkenwell, London in the year 1735. The origin of badges and emblems, are traced to the earliest times, although, Heraldry, in fact, cannot be traced later than the 12th century, or at furthest the 11th century. At first armorial bearings were probably like surnames and assumed by each warrior at his free will and pleasure, his object being to distinguish himself from others. It has long been a matter of doubt when bearing Coats of Arms first became hereditary. It is known that in the reign of Henry V (1413-1422), a proclamation was issued, prohibiting the use of heraldic ensigns to all who could not show an original and valid right, except those 'who had borne arms at Agincourt'. The College of Arms (founded in 1483) is the Royal corporation of heralds who record proved pedigrees and grant armorial bearings. During the Middle Ages, when people were unable to read or write, signs were needed for all visual identification. For several centuries city streets in Britain were filled with signs of all kinds, public houses, tradesmen and even private householders found them necessary. This was an age when there were no numbered houses, and an address was a descriptive phrase that made use of a convenient landmark. At this time, coats of arms came into being, for the practical reason that men went into battle heavily armed and were difficult to recognise. It became the custom for them to adorn their helmets with distinctive crests, and to paint their shields with animals and the like. Coats of arms accompanied the development of surnames, becoming hereditary in the same way.
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