Haddan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Haddan first arose amongst the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is derived from their having 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.

We found this entry for the East Haddon, Northamptonshire: "This place is mentioned in Domesday Book under the names Eddone and Hadone; it then belonged to the Earl of Morton, and among the families who have subsequently held the lands, may be named the family of St. Andrew, of whom notice occurs in the reign of Edward I." [1]

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 Haddan resided near or on a heather-covered hill. [2]

Early Origins of the Haddan family

The surname Haddan was 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.) [3]

Haddon Hall is an English country house on the River Wye at Bakewell, Derbyshire that dates back to the 11th century when William Peverel, illegitimate son of William the Conqueror, held the manor of Nether Haddon in 1087.

A search through early rolls revealed: Ailwin de Haddun in the Pipe Rolls of 1159; Philip de Haddon in the Assize Rolls for Somerset in 1267; John de Hadden in Northumberland in 1323; and Thomas Haddun in the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379. [4]

"Haddon is the name of parishes in the neighbouring counties of Northampton and Huntingdonshire, in the former of which the surname also occurs. In the 13th century it was a common surname in Huntingdonshire and Oxfordshire." [5]

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 had three listings for the family: Robert de Hadden, Oxfordshire; Agnes de Haddon, Oxfordshire; and Jordan de Haddone, Huntingdonshire. [6]

To the north in Scotland, entries were quite a bit later: "Adam Haddane of Dolphington appears in 1679 (Lanark CR.), and Alexander Haddin was married in Edinburgh, 1696. A family named Hadden was long identified with the history of Aberdeenshire." [7]

Early History of the Haddan family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Haddan research. Another 64 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1159, 1556, 1515, 1572, 1680, 1762 and are included under the topic Early Haddan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Haddan Spelling Variations

One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Haddan has appeared include Haddon, Hadden, Haddan, Haddin and others.

Early Notables of the Haddan family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include James Haddon ( fl. 1556), an English reforming divine and his brother, Walter Haddon LL.D. (1515-1572), an English civil lawyer, much involved in church and university affairs under Edward...
Another 34 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Haddan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Haddan family to Ireland

Some of the Haddan family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 50 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Haddan family

At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Haddan arrived in North America very early: James Hadden in Maryland in 1697 and later moved to Virginia; John Haddin arrived in Philadelphia in 1848; John and Margaret Haddon settled in Salem Massachusetts in 1630.


Contemporary Notables of the name Haddan (post 1700) +

  • Thomas Henry Haddan (1814-1873), English founder of the ‘Guardian’ newspaper, eldest son of Thomas Haddan, solicitor, of Lime Street Square, London [8]
  • Arthur West Haddan (1816-1873), English ecclesiastical historian, born at Woodford in Essex on 31 Aug. 1816, son of Thomas Haddan, solicitor


  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  3. ^ 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)
  4. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  5. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  6. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  7. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  8. ^ Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 30 June 2020


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