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Recorded as Madison, Maddyson, and Maddison, this is a famous surname particularly in the USA. It was originally a metronymic, that is to say a surname which came from the mother rather than the father. It derives from the medieval female name Maddie or Maddy, nickname forms of Maud and Mahalt, themselves from the Norman personal name Matilda. This ancient personal name was actually Germanic, and comprised the elements "maht", meaning might or strength, plus "hild", a battle. The original popularity in England was from Matilda, the wife of William the Conqueror, when for at least a century after the Norman Invasion of 1066, it was "politically correct" to name children with French names...

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