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Origins Available: Irish, Scottish

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

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Leydon, Leidden, Leyden, Leidon, Lethen, Lethane and others.

First found in Aberdeenshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Obar Dheathain), a historic county, and present day Council Area of Aberdeen, located in the Grampian region of northeastern Scotland, where they held a family seat from very early times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lyden research. Another 193 words(14 lines of text) covering the years 1335, 1517, 1526, 1546, 1679, and 1811 are included under the topic Early Lyden History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Lyden Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Lyden family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 226 words(16 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Lyden Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • John Lyden, who arrived in Pike County, Ind in 1886

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  • Pierce Lyden (1908-1998), American movie actor
  • Robert Lyden, American child actor in the 1950s


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The Lyden Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Lyden 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.

This page was last modified on 22 October 2010 at 10:59.

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