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Where did the English Hadden family come from? What is the English Hadden family crest and coat of arms? When did the Hadden family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Hadden family history?

The lineage of the name Hadden begins with the Anglo-Saxon tribes in Britain. It is a result of when they lived in the village of Haddon which was in a number of places including Derbyshire, Dorset, Northampton and Roxburgh in Scotland. There is also a place called Hadden Hill in the county of Stafford. This place-name was originally derived from two Old English words Haeth, which means a heath, and dun which literally means a hill. Therefore the original bearers of the surname Hadden resided near or on a heather-covered hill.


Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Hadden has undergone many spelling variations, including Haddon, Hadden, Haddan, Haddin and others.

First found in Derbyshire, at either Nether Haddon or Over Haddon, both small villages. Looking back further, we found William Hadon listed in Normandy, France in the Magni Rotuli Scaccarii Normanniae (1180.) [1]


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hadden research. Another 127 words(9 lines of text) covering the years 1159, 1680, 1762 and are included under the topic Early Hadden History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 55 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hadden Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Hadden family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 87 words(6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Hadden were among those contributors:

Hadden Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Garrad Hadden, who landed in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1632
  • Jerad Hadden, who arrived in Camlaridge, Massachusetts in 1632
  • James Hadden in Maryland in 1697 and later moved to Virginia

Hadden Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Robert Hadden, who arrived in South Carolina in 1772

Hadden Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • John Hadden, aged 63, landed in New York in 1812
  • David Hadden, who landed in New York, NY in 1813
  • George Hadden, who arrived in Iowa in 1882


  • Al Hadden (1899-1969), professional American football player
  • Briton Hadden (1898-1929), American co-founder of Time magazine with his Yale classmate Henry Luce
  • Harry Graydon "H. G." Hadden (1874-1945), American football player and coach
  • Jeffrey K. Hadden (1937-2003), American professor of sociology who began teaching at the University of Virginia in 1972
  • Susan G. Hadden (1945-1995), American Professor at the University of Texas at Austin, United States
  • Thomas "Tommy" Hadden (1840-1881), American saloon keeper, criminal and underworld figure in New York City
  • William L. Hadden (1896-1983), American politician who was the 67th Lieutenant Governor of Connecticut (1943 to 1945)
  • Sidney "Sid" Hadden (1877-1934), English cricketer
  • Major-General Sir Charles Frederick Hadden KCB (1854-1924), former Master-General of the Ordnance
  • Dianne Glayds Hadden (b. 1951), Australian politician



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  1. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)

Other References

  1. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  2. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  3. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  4. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  5. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  6. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  7. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  8. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  9. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  10. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  11. ...

The Hadden Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hadden Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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