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This French and Italian surname of MADONNA was originally from the Greek female given name MAGDALENE. This is a byname meaning 'the woman from MAGADALA' a village on the Sea of Galilee, originally deriving its name from the Hebrew MIGDAL. The name was given in the New Testament to the woman cured of evil spirits by Jesus (Luke 8:2) who later became a faithful follower. The popularity of the name increased with the supposed discovery of her relics in the 13th century. The name is also spelt MADLIN, MAGDELINE, MADELINE, MADOLIN, MAGDELYN and MADOZ, to name but a few. During the 17th century surnames were brought to Britain, North America and southern Africa by French Huguenot exiles. The Huguenots were French Protestants, and in 1572 large numbers of them were massacred in Paris on the orders of Queen Catherine de'Medici. Many of the survivors sought refuge in England and elsewhere. Although the Edict of Nantes (1598) officially guaranteed religious toleration, persecution continued, and the Edict was revoked by Louis XIV in 1685. It was then the trickle of emigration became a flood. Many migrated to England, while others joined groups of Dutch Protestants settling around the Cape of Good Hope. Others sailed across the Atlantic to establish themselves in North America. MADONNA, real name MADONNA Louise Ciccone, born in 1958 is the American pop singer, born in Rochester, Michigan. She trained as a dancer at Michigan University before moving to New York where she began her professional career as a backing singer, and then playing with a number of New York groups. She hired Michael Jackson's manager, prior to releasing 'Madonna' in 1983, an album which included five US hit singles. Her success has been greatly enhanced by clever promotion and image making. In the Middle Ages the Herald (old French herault) was an officer whose duty it was to proclaim war or peace, carry challenges to battle and messages between sovereigns; nowadays war or peace is still proclaimed by the heralds, but their chief duty as court functionaries is to superintend state ceremonies, such as coronations, installations, and to grant arms. Edward III (1327-1377) appointed two heraldic kings-at-arms for south and north, England in 1340. The English College of Heralds was incorporated by Richard III in 1483-84.

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Last Updated: Dec. 1st, 2021

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