Hayden History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the Hayden family

The surname Hayden 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 Hayden family

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Hayden Spelling Variations

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, Hadenham and others.

Early Notables of the Hayden 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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Ireland Migration of the Hayden family to Ireland

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

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, who settled in New England in 1630
  • William Hayden, who landed in Dorchester, Massachusetts in 1630 [3]
  • James Hayden, who landed in Charlestown, Massachusetts in 1637 [3]
  • Richard Hayden, who arrived in Virginia in 1650 [3]
  • Thomas Hayden, who settled in Virginia in 1654
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Hayden Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Edward Hayden, who landed in Virginia in 1701 [3]
Hayden Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Hayden, who landed in America in 1808 [3]
  • Bridget Hayden, who landed in New York, NY in 1815 [3]
  • Patrick Hayden, who arrived in New York, NY in 1816 [3]
  • Thomas Hayden, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1818 [3]
  • Andrew Hayden, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1819 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Hayden migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Hayden Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • John Hayden, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1836
  • Joshua Hayden, who arrived in Canada in 1841
  • Bridget Hayden, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1842

Australia Hayden migration to Australia +

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

Hayden Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Thomas Hayden, Irish convict who was convicted in Carlow, Ireland for life, transported aboard the "Atlas" on 29th November 1801, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [4]
  • Miss Anne Hayden, (Heydon), Irish laundress who was convicted in Dublin, Ireland for 10 years for stealing, transported aboard the "Blackfriar" on 24th January 1851, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [5]
  • William Hayden, aged 50, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "China" [6]
  • Michael Hayden, aged 14, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "China" [6]
  • Eliza Hayden, aged 18, a nominee, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "China" [6]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Hayden migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Hayden Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. James Hayden, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Maori" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 3rd November 1859 [7]
  • M. Hayden, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Wild Duck" in 1865
  • Bridget Hayden, aged 24, a servant, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Douglas" in 1873

Contemporary Notables of the name Hayden (post 1700) +

  • Nicholas "Nicky" Patrick Hayden (1981-2017), nicknamed "The Kentucky Kid", an American professional motorcycle racer, World Champion (2006)
  • Thomas Emmet "Tom" Hayden (1939-2016), American social and political activist, author and politician, Member of the California Senate (1992-2000)
  • Dennis Hayden (b. 1952), American actor, known for his work on Die Hard (1988), Another 48 Hrs. (1990) and Sniper 2 (2002)
  • Brigadier-General Frederic Lord Hayden (1901-1969), American Commanding General Ryukyus Command (1946-1948) [8]
  • 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
  • Sterling Hayden (1916-1986), American actor and author
  • Ferdinand Vandeveer Hayden (1829-1887), American geologist noted for his pioneering surveying expeditions of the Rocky Mountains
  • Edward Daniel Hayden (1833-1908), American politician, U.S. Representative from Massachusetts (1885-89)
  • Carl Hayden (1877-1972), American politician, U.S. Representative from Arizona (1912-27) and U.S. Senator from Arizona (1927-69)
  • Brent Matthew Hayden (b. 1983), Canadian three-time gold medalist and bronze medalist swimmer at the 2012 Summer Olympics
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The Hayden 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.


Suggested Readings for the name Hayden +

  • 841 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.

  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. ^ 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)
  4. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 14th July 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/atlas
  5. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 13th October 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/blackfriar
  6. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CHINA 1852. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/china1852.shtml
  7. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  8. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2012, March 9) Frederic Hayden. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Hayden/Frederic_Lord/USA.html


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