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Origin of the name MADOC.
Etymology of the name MADOC.
Meaning of the baby name MADOC.


MADOC.  Arthurian.  The youngest son of Owain.  A variant of Welsh Madawc (q.v.), meaning "beneficent, goodly."  Also spelled Madog

... Abbott, Archbishop of Canterbury, History of the World, pp. 255 et seq., says America was discovered by a Welsh prince, and was known to King Arthur (!).  John Marriott seems to have written in the reign of Queen Elizabeth.  He refers to two Cambrian traditions relative to the discovery of America—one by King Arthur, and the other "by a knight of Wales and some pretty company," meaning Madoc... (Madoc, p.29, Stephens, 1893)

    Madoc, youngest son of Owain Gwynedd king of North Wales (who died 1169).  He is called "The Perfect Prince," "The Lord of Ocean," and is the very beau-ideal of a hero.  Invincible, courageous, strong, and daring, but amiable, merciful, and tender-hearted; most pious, but without bigotry; most wise, but without dogmatism; most provident and far-seeing.  He left his native country in 1170, and ventured on the ocean to discover a new world; his vessels reached America, and he founded a settlement near the Missouri.  Having made an alliance with the Aztecas, he returned to Wales for a fresh supply of colonists, and conducted six ships in safety to the new settlement, called Caer-Madoc.  War soon broke out between the natives and the strangers; but the white men proving the conquerors, the Aztecas migrated to Mexico.  On one occasion, being set upon from ambush, Madoc was chained by one foot to "the stone of sacrifice," and consigned to fight with six volunteers.  His first opponent was Ocellopan, whom he slew; his next was Tlalala "the tiger," but during this contest Cadwallon came to the rescue.—Southey, Madoc (1805). (The Reader's Handbook of Famous Names in Fiction, &c., Brewer, 1899)


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