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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.


The surname Hadden 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.) [1] 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.

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.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hadden research. Another 127 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1159, 1556, 1515, 1572, 1680, 1762 and are included under the topic Early Hadden History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 123 words (9 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 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 United States in the 18th Century

  • Robert Hadden, who arrived in South Carolina in 1772

Hadden Settlers in 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

Hadden Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Lt. Isaac Hadden U.E. who settled in Fredericton, New Brunswick c. 1784 he served in the New York Volunteers 1st Battalion
  • Mr. Zophi Hadden U.E., "Zopher, Heddon" who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784

Hadden Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Richard Hadden arrived in Kangaroo Island aboard the ship "Buffalo" in 1836
  • Thomas Hadden arrived in Kangaroo Island aboard the ship "Buffalo" in 1836
  • Isabella Hadden, aged 22, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Aliquis"


  • William L. Hadden (1896-1983), American politician who was the 67th Lieutenant Governor of Connecticut (1943 to 1945)
  • Thomas "Tommy" Hadden (1840-1881), American saloon keeper, criminal and underworld figure in New York City
  • Susan G. Hadden (1945-1995), American Professor at the University of Texas at Austin, United States
  • Jeffrey K. Hadden (1937-2003), American professor of sociology who began teaching at the University of Virginia in 1972
  • Harry Graydon "H. G." Hadden (1874-1945), American football player and coach
  • Briton Hadden (1898-1929), American co-founder of Time magazine with his Yale classmate Henry Luce
  • Al Hadden (1899-1969), professional American football player
  • Sidney "Sid" Hadden (1877-1934), English cricketer
  • Peter Hadden (1950-2010), leading member of the Socialist Party in Northern Ireland
  • James Cuthbert Hadden (1861-1914), Scottish author, journalist, biographer and organist



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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. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  2. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  3. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  4. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  5. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  6. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  8. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  9. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  10. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
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The Hadden Family Crest was acquired from the 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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