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Maughan Coat of Arms / Maughan Family Crest

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This surname of MAUGHAN is also spelt VAUGHAN, MAUGHAM and MAUCHAN and is of two-fold origin. It was a Scottish habitation name from MACHAN in the former county of Lanarkshire, named from the form of Gaelic MACHAIR (river). It was also a Welsh habitation name from either of two places in the former county of Monmouth, one of which is called St. MAUGHAN, and the other place MACHEN. Prominent persons of this name have for the most part been of Welsh descent. Sir John VAUGHAN (1603-74) was the Welsh lawyer and politician born in Trawsoed, near Aberystwyth, Cardinganshire. He was educated at Christ College, Oxford and the Inner Temple. He sat in Parlianment from 1640, but withdrew into private life after the execution of Charles I. A Royalist, he was elected to parliament again in April 1661, and promotion to the Court of Common Pleas was accompanied by a knighthood. In many parts of central and western Europe, hereditary surnames began to become fixed at around the 12th century, and have developed and changed slowly over the years. As society became more complex, and such matters as the management of tenure, and in particular the collection of taxes were delegated to special functionaries, it became imperative to distinguish a more complex system of nomenclature to differentiate one individual from another. The Welsh family of VAUGHAN have held the same estate, Trawsoed for almost 800 years. They are said to have originated with Adda Vychan, who married the daughter of Ievan Goch in the year 1200. The English novelist Somerset MAUGHAM (1874-1965) was from a distinguished legal family. His father was a founder of the English Law Society, and his brother Frederick, Ist Viscount Maugham, was Lord Chancellor. Some of his paternal ancestors were more humble; his great-grandfather was a glazier. On his mother's side he claimed to be able to trace descent from King Edward I and Eleanor of Castile.

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