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

The name Hayden has a long Anglo-Saxon heritage. The name comes from when a family lived 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 Hayden belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.


Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Hayden have been found, including 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 Hayden research. Another 161 words(12 lines of text) covering the years 1280, 1583, 1583, 1629, 1667 and 1669 are included under the topic Early Hayden History in all our PDF Extended History products.


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


Some of the Hayden 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.


Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Hayden, or a variant listed above:

Hayden Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Hayden settled in New England in 1630
  • William Hayden, who landed in Dorchester, Massachusetts in 1630
  • James Hayden, who landed in Charlestown, Massachusetts in 1637
  • Richd Hayden, who arrived in Virginia in 1650
  • Thomas Hayden settled in Virginia in 1654

Hayden Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Edward Hayden, who landed in Virginia in 1701

Hayden Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Hayden, who landed in America in 1808
  • Bridget Hayden, who landed in New York, NY in 1815
  • Patrick Hayden, who arrived in New York, NY in 1816
  • Thomas Hayden, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1818
  • Andrew Hayden, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1819

Hayden Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Joshua Hayden, who arrived in Canada in 1841

Hayden Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Hayden, aged 50, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "China"
  • Michael Hayden, aged 14, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "China"
  • Eliza Hayden, aged 18, a nominee, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "China"
  • Ellen Hayden, aged 27, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Emerald Isle"
  • Elizabeth Hayden, aged 28, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Trafalgar"

Hayden Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • M. Hayden arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Wild Duck" in 1865
  • Bridget Hayden, aged 24, a servant, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Douglas" in 1873


  • Carl Hayden (1877-1972), American politician, U.S. Representative from Arizona (1912-27) and U.S. Senator from Arizona (1927-69)
  • Edward Daniel Hayden (1833-1908), American politician, U.S. Representative from Massachusetts (1885-89)
  • Ferdinand Vandeveer Hayden (1829-1887), American geologist noted for his pioneering surveying expeditions of the Rocky Mountains
  • Sterling Hayden (1916-1986), American actor and author
  • Hospital Apprentice First Class David Ephraim Hayden (1897-1974), United States Navy Hospital Corpsman who served during World War I and earned the Medal of Honor
  • Brigadier-General Frederic Lord Hayden (1901-1969), American Commanding General Ryukyus Command (1946-1948)
  • Michael Hayden, Canadian physician awarded a 2011 Gairdner prize for identifying the genetic underpinning of Huntington's disease
  • William George Hayden (b. 1933), Australian politician and 21st Governor-General
  • Hugh Hayden (1944-2010), British racing team owner
  • Brent Matthew Hayden (b. 1983), Canadian three-time gold medalist and bronze medalist swimmer at the 2012 Summer Olympics


  • Hayden, Rapier, and Allied Families, Colonial Maryland, Kentucky, USA by Mary Louise Donnelly.
  • Josiah Hayden of Williamsburg, Massachusetts: His Antecedents and Descendants by Donald Bradford Macurda.

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 Hayden Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hayden 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 7 September 2014 at 20:11.

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