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Where did the English Head family come from? What is the English Head family crest and coat of arms? When did the Head family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Head family history?The origins of the Head name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It comes from when the family lived near a hill or near the source of a stream or the head of a valley. The name was originally derived from the Old English heafod, which meant head. The surname Head belongs to the class of topographic surnames, which were given to people who resided near physical features such as hills, streams, churches, or types of trees. Head may have also been a nickname given to someone with a large head or with some other peculiarity of the head.
Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Head were recorded, including Head, Heade, Heads, Heed and others.
First found in Norfolk, but we must look to Nottinghamshire to find the first listing of the name, Thomas del Heved who was listed there in the Hundred Rolls of 1273.  The same roll has lists the spelling as Hedde and the old Anglo-Saxon spelling Heved. (BP)
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Head research. Another 151 words(11 lines of text) covering the years 1275, 1737, 1609, 1689, 1667, 1679, 1637 and 1686 are included under the topic Early Head History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 53 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Head Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Head family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 31 words(2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Head family emigrate to North America:
Head Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Head Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Head Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The Head Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Head 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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