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

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.


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 and others.

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.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Haden research. Another 161 words(12 lines of text) covering the years 1280, 1583, 1583, 1629, 1667 and 1669 are included under the topic Early Haden History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 63 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Haden Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Haden family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 51 words(4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


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
  • E. Haden, aged 32, who emigrated to America, in 1893
  • Ellen Haden, aged 16, who emigrated 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

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

Haden Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Edward Haden, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1829
  • John Haden, aged 20, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1834 aboard the brig "Breeze" from Dublin


  • 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



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.


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The Haden Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Haden 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 25 October 2013 at 09:24.

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