An Irish surname, Madden comes from the Gaelic term ‘madadh’ which refers to a dog. The spelling variations for Madden include Madden, Meadon, Maldigan, Madudhan, Madagane, O’Maddane and Madine. In England the Madden surname is found all across the country and into portions of Wales. The counties with the greater populations are Lancashire, Yorkshire, Durham and the city of London. In Scotland the Madden name is mostly in Lanarkshire, Renfrewshire and Fife counties. Within the United States the Madden surname originated in Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Wisconsin, Ohio, and Illinois. Famous: David Madden (novelist), John Philip Madden (television, film and theater director from England), Richard Robert Madden (Irish historian), Steve Madden (designer of shoes and founder of Steve Madden Ltd.), Justin Madden (professional footballer from Australia), Thomas “Bunny” Madden (professional baseball player) and Bill Madden (sport columnist for the New York Daily News).