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Son of the hound
Characteristics of Madden
Etymology & Historical Origin - Madden
Madden is the transferred use of an Irish surname derived from an ancient nickname. The Ó Madain clan got their name from the Gaelic “Madain” which means “son of the hound” or “little dog”. Animals were highly regarded among the ancient Celts as they were ascribed certain symbolic significance to the clansmen. For instance, fish (particularly the salmon) represented knowledge. Birds were believed to hold prophetic knowledge. Horses, cattle and pigs symbolized fertility and prosperity. But the Celtic hound was a loyal companion and comrade in battle. They could be counted on for their endurance, speed and stamina during the hunt. In Celtic mythology hounds had magical licking powers to heal, and they also resided in the Otherworld as a guide and protector of lost souls. So we can safely assume that a name like “Madain” was worn with honor. The first recorded spelling of Madden came in the form of O'Madadhain and, as a formal surname, dates back to the early 12th century. The origins of the O'Madain clan can be found in Country Galway along the banks of the River Shannon. Several families holding the Madden surname are still found in this part of Ireland.
Popularity of the Name Madden
The inspiration behind the usage of Madden as a given name is probably related to famed football coach and NFL commentator John Madden. Madden only first appeared in the American charts in 2007 which is really the very tail end of Madden’s 40+ year career in sports (he retired in 2009). John Madden first came into the American consciousness in the late 1960s when he became head coach of the Oakland Raiders (and bringing them to Super Bowl victory in 1976). For the younger generation, Madden is also known widely for lending his name to the ultra popular video game “Madden NFL”. It’s a little unclear why the sudden interest in this particular surname. It has a certain “maddening” and/or harsh quality to it despite its connection to the illustrious NFL coach. But we do like the etymology: “son of the hound”. Perhaps this is a forename that should be reserved for our canine friends instead. Maddox is another alternative to consider if you’re a fan of “mad” names.
Popularity of the Boy Name Madden
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Madden
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Madden
Madden We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Madden.
Popular Songs on Madden
Madden's Theme - a song by Theodore Shapiro
Children's Books on the Baby Name Madden
John Madden's Heroes of Football (John Madden) - For millions of fans, John Madden’s name is synonymous with football. Whether as a Super Bowl-winning coach, an Emmy Award-winning analyst, or the namesake of the most popular sports video game of all time, Madden NFL, he has studied the game from every angle. In Heroes of Football, Madden uses his extensive knowledge to detail the dominating dynasties, prominent players, game-making plays, and season-ending games that transformed professional football from its rough-and-tumble beginnings to the country’s biggest sport. Recommended for ages 9-12.
Famous People Named Madden
Famous People Named Madden - We cannot find any celebrities or significantly famous people with the first name Madden.
Children of Famous People Named Madden
Famous People Who Named Their Son Madden - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Madden.
Madden - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures
Madden - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Madden.
Personality of the Boy Name Madden
The number Five personality loves the excitement of life and can easily adapt to all situations. As natural adventurers, these personalities thrive on the new and unexpected and prefer to be in constant motion. It makes them feel alive. They'll stir up some action if there's not enough around, and as inherent risk-takers they enjoy pushing the envelope. Naturally rebellious, the Five personality has no fear and never resists change. Traveling and new experiences feed their souls. Fives are very social and attract friends with ease. People love to be around the Five fun-loving and exciting energy. This is also a lucky number in numerology (like the Threes), so fortune seems to shine on them, helped along by their own optimism and good-nature. Fives have a quick wit, a cerebral mind, and are generally very persuasive.
Variations of the Baby Name - Madden