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Early Origins of the Halden family

The surname Halden was first found in Glasgow, where "Halden filius Eadulf was one of the witnesses to Earl David's Inquisitio into the territorial possessions of the church of Glasgow a. 1124. The name Healfdene, the 'Half-Danes,' an appellation of the Hocingas and the Secgans, who took part in the campaign against Finn in the lay of Beowulf, later became a common Old English personal name, Heal(f)dane, Latinized Haldanus." [1]

"Halfdene, a name occurring in the Saxon annals, is considered by Ferguson to imply a Danish extraction on one side only-"half Dane." Hence perhaps the surname of the Scottish family. Among the tenants in chief in Norfolk, appears a Godwinus Haldein. Haldanus, Haldane, and other forms also occur in Domesday, principally in the eastern counties." [2]

Exploring in more detail the English branch, we found that "this surname is derived from the name of an ancestor. 'the son of Haldane' (Yonge). Haldanus, Essex; Haiden, Cheshire; Haldene, Yorkshire (Domesday)." [3]

The Domesday Book did list Haldein, Haldanus, and Halden as all existing at that time in the wapentake of Staincross, West Riding of Yorkshire. Another entry was found for Haldein, Halden 1066, 1086 in Norfolk. [4] [5]

In Early Yorkshire Charters: Volume 1, we found this early for the family. "The chartulary of Malton contains a number of references to the family of Haldane. Roger son of Haldane was living in I202 when he and Beatrice his wife, daughter of Matilda Franceis, Ketell deScardeburgh, and Andrew his step-son, were sued by Agnes, the relict of Hugh, son of Elwin, for dower in her late husband's free tenement in Scarborough. She remitted her claim for 20s. "

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 had listings of the name as a forename and surname: Haldin de Stalham, Yorkshire; Haldanus Minister, Norfolk; Robert Haldeyn, Suffolk; and John Haldeyn, Suffolk.

"In the Hundredorum Rolls the personal name (not surname) appears as Haldanus, Haldeyn, Haldeynus, and Haldoyn, all in Norfolk." [3]

Early History of the Halden family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Halden research. Another 273 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1124, 1255, 1296, 1614, 1296, 1109, 1131, 1208, 1170, 1286, 1358, 1443 and 1418 are included under the topic Early Halden History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Halden Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Haldane, Haldan, Halden, Haldin, Haldenstoun and many more.

Early Notables of the Halden family (pre 1700)

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Australia Halden migration to Australia +

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

Halden Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Robert Halden, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Hooghly" in 1839 [6]
  • Mary Halden, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Hooghly" in 1839 [6]
  • Alexander Halden, aged 46, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Melbourne"
  • Robert Halden, aged 19, who arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Melbourne"

Contemporary Notables of the name Halden (post 1700) +

  • Berry F. Halden, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Senator from Iowa, 1936 [7]
  • L. Halden Wentworth, American politician, Mayor of Roseville, California, 1954-55 [8]
  • Lieutenant-Commander Stephen Halden Beattie (1908-1975), British soldier awarded both the Victoria Cross and the Croix de Guerre during WWII [9]

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  2. Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  4. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  5. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  6. State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HOOGHLY 1839. Retrieved from
  7. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 7) . Retrieved from
  8. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, August 16) . Retrieved from
  9. World War 2 - BEATTIE, Stephen. (Retrieved 2010, September 27) Stephen Beattie. Retrieved from on Facebook