Clan Maitland Society welcomes all people with these names (or descended from someone with these names) as kinsfolk. We believe that we are descended from one individual, who lived in Normandy around 1000 to 1070 because the name is unusual, can be easily traced and because there are historic records which indicate that the name was taken as a personal nickname and only used by descendants of the first Mautalent to use it.

Brief origins

Maitlands are descended from a Mautalent of Norman origin who settled in Northumberland around 1130 as a vassal of the King of Scotland. See Origins of the Maitlands

Mautalents bear the original and earliest name of the family, and originate in the villages of Les Moitiers d'Allonne and Carteret in the Cotentin Peninsula of Normandy in northern France. Mautalents also had fiefs in Jersey and Guernsey in the early Middle Ages. Members of the family live in Normandy to this day.

Mautalens live in the Bearn area of southern France near Pau in the Pyrenees and used the name Mautalent until the 18th century, They probably migrated from Normandy to Bearn around 1300. They are first recorded there as Aramonet de Mautalent, an official carrying out the Census of 1385 in Bearn, and have lived in the area since then.

Lauderdale first appears in the records as a family name in Scotland in 1737, with the baptism of Jean Lauderdale at Beith in Ayr, the daughter of James Lauderdale. In England, the first record is of Robert Lauderdale who had his son John baptised in Bellingham, Northumberland, close to the Scots border in 1703. Lauderdales lived in the area until the late 19th century.

Lauderdales in the USA are descended from seven Maitland brothers who moved from Scotland to County Down, Northern Ireland about 1641 and changed their name to Lauderdale at that time. James Lauderdale moved to Pennsylvania in the American colonies in 1714, and founded a distinguished American pioneer family of that name.
Wiliam Lauderdale, (1782-1837) of the same family,was born in Virginia, and moved to Tennessee in 1796, and the Tennessee branch of the family appears to be descended from his parents.   Fort Lauderdale is named after him, and a number of American counties are named in honour of his father James Lauderdale.

We cannot undertake genealogical research, but are happy to respond to general queries, and may be able to answer queries about the main lines of the Maitlands. Do visit the Genealogy page for answers to many questions.