MADGE Family History
Recorded in many forms as shown below, this surname is of early medieval English origin. It is derived from the Middle English female given name "Magge", itself a diminutive form of Margerie, the usual English form of the pre 9th century Old French name "Marguerite". The French name was adopted from the Roman personal name "Margarita", meaning pearly, and thought to be from a vocabulary word of Persian origin. It was also borne by several early female Christian martyrs and saints, which guaranteed its popularity throughout Europe.