In addition to our page on the Macfadyens of Mull, we now have information up about the Paddens of Mayo: http://themcfaddenproject.com/history/branches/the-paddens-of-mayo/
The Paddens were affiliated with and possibly descended from the Barretts of Tirawley, an Old English family that played a prominent role in medieval Mayo history. Like many Anglo-Normans that arrived in the 12th century, the Barretts assimilated into the native Irish culture, adopting the Gaelic name of Mac Wattin. It appears that Mac Wattin eventually evolved into Mac Padden, and this is the source of the Padden surname found in Mayo today.
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