Head History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The origins of the Head name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It comes from when the family lived near a hill or near the source of a stream or the head of a valley. The name was originally derived from the Old English heafod, which meant head. The surname Head belongs to the class of topographic surnames, which were given to people who resided near physical features such as hills, streams, churches, or types of trees. Head may have also been a nickname given to someone with a large head or with some other peculiarity of the head.

Early Origins of the Head family

The surname Head was first found in Norfolk, but we must look to Nottinghamshire to find the first listing of the name, Thomas del Heved who was listed there in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273. [1] The same roll has lists the spelling as Hedde and the old Anglo-Saxon spelling Heved. (BP)

Important Dates for the Head family

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Head Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Head were recorded, including Head, Heade, Heads, Heed and others.

Early Notables of the Head family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Head family to Ireland

Some of the Head family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Head migration to the United States

To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Head family emigrate to North America:

Head Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • William Head, who arrived in Virginia in 1622 [2]
  • James Head who settled in Virginia in 1636
  • Grace Head, who settled in Virginia in 1654
  • Grace Head, who landed in Virginia in 1654 [2]
  • Joseph Head, who arrived in Maryland in 1654 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Head Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Head, who settled in Virginia in 1774
  • William Head, who settled in Maryland in 1774
  • John Head, who settled in Nantucket Massachusetts in 1775
Head Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Benjamin Head, aged 38, who arrived in Vermont in 1812 [2]
  • John Head, who arrived in Maryland in 1845 [2]
  • Martin Head, aged 22, who landed in Missouri in 1848 [2]
  • Nathaniel Head, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850 [2]
  • Bridget Head, aged 30, who landed in New York in 1854 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Head migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Head Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Peter Head, who landed in Canada in 1831

Head migration to Australia

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

Head Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Head, (b. 1803), aged 24 born in Maker, Cornwall, UK convicted in Devon on 21st March 1827, sentenced for 7 years for stealing from dwelling, transported aboard the ship "Bengal Merchant" in 1828 to Van Diemen's Land, Tasmania, Australia [3]
  • George Head, who arrived in Port Misery aboard the ship "Duchess of Northumberland" in 1839 [4]
  • Mary Ann Head, who arrived in Port Misery aboard the ship "Duchess of Northumberland" in 1839 [4]
  • Elsa Head, who arrived in Port Misery aboard the ship "Duchess of Northumberland" in 1839 [4]
  • Eliza Head, who arrived in Port Misery aboard the ship "Duchess of Northumberland" in 1839 [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Head 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:

Head Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Edward Head, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • Edward Head, aged 26, a farm labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Martha Ridgeway" in 1840
  • Sarah Head, aged 23, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Martha Ridgeway" in 1840
  • Mr. Edward Head, (b. 1814), aged 26, British agricultural labourer travelling from England aboard the ship "Martha Ridgway" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 14th November 1840 [5]
  • Mrs. Sarah Head, (b. 1817), aged 23, British settler travelling from England aboard the ship "Martha Ridgway" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 14th November 1840 [5]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Head (post 1700)

  • Luther Dale Head (b. 1982), American professional basketball player
  • Jesse Head (b. 1983), American actor, best known for his role on the Olsen twins' sitcom So Little Time
  • Edith Head (1897-1981), American costume designer who won eight Academy Awards
  • Coatsworth B. Head Jr., American fighter pilot and flying ace in the U.S. Army Air Forces, during World War II, credited with 12 aerial victories
  • Doris R. Head (b. 1871), American Democrat politician, Deputy sheriff; Mayor of Princeton, Indiana, 1914-18 [6]
  • Daniel O. Head, American politician, Mayor of Kenosha, Wisconsin, 1912-14 [6]
  • Chris T. Head, American Republican politician, Member of Virginia State House of Delegates 17th District; Elected 2011 [6]
  • Charles Head, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kentucky, 1960 [6]
  • Carey Head, American Libertarian politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from North Carolina 12th District, 2002 [6]
  • C. M. Head, American politician, Member of Georgia State House of Representatives from Cobb County, 1923-24 [6]
  • ... (Another 47 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Head family

HMS Royal Oak
  • P. Head, British Able Seaman with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he survived the sinking [7]
RMS Titanic
  • Mr. Alfred Head (d. 1912), aged 24, English Fireman/Stoker from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [8]
  • Mr. Christopher Head (d. 1912), aged 42, English First Class passenger from Chelsea, London who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [8]
USS Arizona
  • Mr. Frank Bernard Head, American Chief Yeoman Assigned from California, 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 [9]

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Citations

  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 30th May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/tasmanian_convicts_cornish.pdf
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) THE DUCHESS OF NORTHUMBERLAND - 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839DuchessOfNorthumberland.htm
  5. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  6. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 27) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  7. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html
  8. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html
  9. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html
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