Show ContentsHaden History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Anglo-Saxon name Haden comes from when the family resided in one of a variety of similarly-named places. Settlements called Heydon were found in Dorset, Somerset, and Wiltshire. Cambridge and Norfolk both had places called Heydon, and Haydon Bridge was in Northumberland. The surname Haden belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.

Early Origins of the Haden family

The surname Haden was first found in Norfolk, where Sir Thomas de Heydon (circa 1185-1250) was on record as a judge, who was given the office of "Justice of Eyre," under a provision in the Magna Carta. His son, William de Heydon, remained in Norfolk, continuing the line that obtained estates at Heydon and Baconsthorpe. A younger son of Sir Thomas, Johannes (John) de Heydon, settled in Devon in the 13th century beginning a well known Devon branch of this family name.

Edmund of Hadenham (fl. 1307), the early English chronicler, "was a monk of Rochester, to whom is ascribed, on the authority of William Lambard, the Kentish topographer, a historical work preserved in the Cottonian Library (Nero, D. II.) in the British Museum. This manuscript, according to Wharton, contains a chronicle in one handwriting down to 1307, which is a copy of Matthew of Westminster, excepting that it contains a number of interspersed notices relating to the history of Rochester. " [1]

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 included: Richard de Haydon, or Heydon, Yorkshire; John de Haydon, Somerset; and Agnes de Heydone, Oxfordshire. [2]

Early History of the Haden family

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Haden Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Haden include Hayden, Haydon, Hadenham and others.

Early Notables of the Haden family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include John Haidon (d. 1583) Sheriff of London; John Heydon (1629-c. 1667), English philosopher and Rosicrucian (a legendary and secretive Order); as well as Sir John Heydon, English, Governor of Bermuda in 1669. George Heyden (fl. 1723), was an English composer and organist at the church of St. Mary Magdalen, Bermondsey. On 6 January 1746 he was elected a member of the Madrigal Society. [1] Sir Henry Heydon (d. 1503), was a country gentleman, belonged to an old family seated at Heydon in Norfolk. As early as the thirteenth century one of the family resided in Norfolk, and...
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Haden Ranking

In the United States, the name Haden is the 10,764th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [3]

Ireland Migration of the Haden family to Ireland

Some of the Haden family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Haden migration to the United States +

A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Haden Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Jamea Haden, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1840 [4]
  • E. Haden, aged 32, who immigrated to America, in 1893
  • Ellen Haden, aged 16, who immigrated to the United States from Kittycreench, Ireland, in 1893
  • Ernest Haden, aged 21, who landed in America from Birmingham, in 1893
  • Ida Haden, aged 5, who settled in America, in 1893
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Haden Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Hannah Haden, aged 35, who landed in America from London, in 1903
  • Mrs. Karolina Haden, aged 60, who settled in America, in 1905
  • Amy Haden, aged 10, who settled in America, in 1906
  • Morris Frank Haden, aged 25, who landed in America from Croydon, England, in 1907
  • Sarah Haden, aged 35, who settled in America, in 1907
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Canada Haden migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Haden Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Edward Haden, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1829
  • John Haden, aged 20, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Breeze" from Dublin, Ireland

Contemporary Notables of the name Haden (post 1700) +

  • Ben Haden (1925-2013), American Presbyterian Church minister, founder of one of the most successful of the twentieth century religious broadcasts, Changed Lives
  • Tanya Haden (b. 1971), American artist, cellist and singer
  • Sara Haden (1899-1981), American character actress
  • Rachel Haden (b. 1971), American bass guitarist and singer for Todd Rundgren
  • Petra Haden (b. 1971), American violinist and singer
  • Patrick Capper "Pat" Haden (b. 1953), American athletic director at the University of Southern California, former NFL quarterback for the Los Angeles Rams
  • Nate Haden (b. 1976), American actor
  • Josh Haden (b. 1968), American jazz musician
  • Joseph Walter Haden III (b. 1989), American NFL football cornerback for the Cleveland Browns
  • Charles Edward "Charlie" Haden (b. 1937), American jazz musician
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USS Arizona
  • Mr. Samuel William Haden, American Coxswain from Kansas, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [5]

The Haden Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Ferme en foy
Motto Translation: Strong in faith.

  1. Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  2. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  4. 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)
  5. Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from on Facebook