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Where the name comes from
Posted by: Edmund Mardon Date: March 14, 2002 at 09:20:13
In Reply to: Re: Does anyone know where the name originated? by Brian B Mardon of 113

I'm pretty positive that the name comes from the place our ancestors used to live. Mardon means "Mare's Hill" in old english (that's mare as in horse). There's a hill of that name in Devon, at the edge of Dartmoor National Park and near the village of Moretonhampstead. I've never been, but it seems like a nice place, and has a prehistoric stone circle and an iron-age standing stone.

Did you know there's a Mardon coat of arms? It has choughs on it and you can find it, together with a lineage going back to 1689 in Burke's Landed Gentry, a reference book and website.

Some other links are
http://www.btinternet.com/~Dartmoor/Mardon.htm
http://www.dartmoor-crosses.org.uk/headless.htm
http://www.moretonhampstead.com/

Regards

Edmund Mardon



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