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This surname of MAGYAR is of two-fold origin. It was a Hungarian name meaning 'the Hungarian'. The MAGYAR people seem to have come originally from the Urals, but between the 5th and 9th centuries they lived in the north Caucasus and were closely associated with the Turlic peoples there. They were forced to migrate westward as a result of Bulgarian expansionism and settled in their present territory at the end of the 9th century. The name is also spelt MADERA and was also a Portugese occupational name for a carpenter, from the Portugese word MADEIRA (wood, timber) and rendered in medieval documents in the Latin form MATERIES. It was also a local name from the island of MADEIRA, which was named with the Portugese MADEIRA, because of the timber that grew there. The island was colonized in the 15th century under the patronage of Prince Henry the Navigator. A notable member of the name was Francisco Indalecio MADERO (1873-1913) the Mexican president, born in San Pedro, Coahulia. The son of a wealthy land-owner, groomed in Paris, educated at the University at Berkeley, he was no social revolutionary, although he greatly improved the peon's on his own estates (a peon is a debtor held in servitude). He launched a presidential campaign, but at first was not taken seriously, but his popularity grew and he was imprisoned by Diaz. He escaped to the USA dressed as a railway worker, and in October 1910 issued the 'Plan de San Luis Potosi' from his San Antonio headquarters. He led a military campaign that captured Cuidad Juarez, where he established his capital (May 1861). Once elected president (1911) his moderate political reform programme pleased no one, and he faced a succession of revolts. On the night of 23rd February 1913, he and his vice-president were murdered. The lion depicted in the arms is the noblest of all wild beasts which is made to be the emblem of strength and valour, and is on that account the most frequently borne in Coat-Armour.

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Last Updated: Dec. 1st, 2021

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