The Irish surname Madden is an anglicized form of the Gaelic name Ó Madáin meaning “descendant of Madán,” a reduced form of Madadhán, from madadh meaning “dog.” The O'Madain's originated from lands on the River Shannon in County Galway, in the west of Ireland, at one time holding over 25,000 acres. Even today nameholders are still numerous in that part of Ireland. Richard Madden, (1798 - 1886) was the author of the book 'The United Irishman', whilst many name holders emigrated to either America or England during the infamous 'Potato Famine' of 1846. Walter Madden, his wife Mary and their children Richard aged five and Alice, a baby sailed from Galway, bound for New York on the ship 'Junius ' on May 1st 1846. Today there are almost 35,000 people with the surname Madden resident in The United States.
MADDEN FAMILY CREST RING