Hadden History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

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

Early Origins of the Hadden family

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.) [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 Hadden family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hadden research. Another 64 words (5 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 and printed products wherever possible.

Hadden Spelling Variations

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.

Early Notables of the Hadden 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 Hadden Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Hadden family to Ireland

Some of the Hadden 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.


United States Hadden migration to the United States +

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 [8]
  • Jerad Hadden, who arrived in Camlaridge, Massachusetts in 1632 [8]
  • 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 [8]
Hadden Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Hadden, aged 63, who landed in New York in 1812 [8]
  • David Hadden, who landed in New York, NY in 1813 [8]
  • George Hadden, who arrived in Iowa in 1882 [8]

Canada Hadden migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

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 [9]
  • Mr. Zophi Hadden U.E., "Zopher, Heddon" who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 [9]

Australia Hadden migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Hadden Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Richard Hadden, who arrived in Kangaroo Island aboard the ship "Buffalo" in 1836 [10]
  • Thomas Hadden, who arrived in Kangaroo Island aboard the ship "Buffalo" in 1836 [10]
  • Isabella Hadden, aged 22, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Aliquis"

Contemporary Notables of the name Hadden (post 1700) +

  • 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
  • Mayo A. Hadden Jr., American fighter pilot and flying ace in the U.S. Navy, during World War II, credited with 8 aerial victories
  • James Murray Hadden (d. 1817), English surveyor-general of the ordnance, son of Captain John Hadden of the marines [11]
  • Sidney "Sid" Hadden (1877-1934), English cricketer
  • ... (Another 6 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  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. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  9. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  10. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HMS BUFFALO 1836. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1836Buffalo.htm
  11. ^ Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 30 June 2020


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