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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.

Head Early Origins



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]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
The same roll has lists the spelling as Hedde and the old Anglo-Saxon spelling Heved. (BP)

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Head Spelling Variations


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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.

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Head Early History


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Head Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Head research. Another 151 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1275, 1737, 1609, 1689, 1667, 1679, 1637 and 1686 are included under the topic Early Head History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Head Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Head Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 34 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Head Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Head In Ireland


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Head In Ireland



Some of the Head family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 31 words (2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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
  • James Head who settled in Virginia in 1636
  • Grace Head settled in Virginia in 1654
  • Grace Head, who landed in Virginia in 1654
  • Joseph Head, who arrived in Maryland in 1654
  • ... (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 settled in Virginia in 1774
  • William Head settled in Maryland in 1774
  • John Head settled in Nantucket Massachusetts in 1775

Head Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Benjamin Head, aged 38, arrived in Vermont in 1812
  • John Head, who arrived in Maryland in 1845
  • Martin Head, aged 22, landed in Missouri in 1848
  • Nathaniel Head, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • Bridget Head, aged 30, landed in New York in 1854
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Head Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Peter Head, who landed in Canada in 1831

Head Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • George Head arrived in Port Misery aboard the ship "Duchess of Northumberland" in 1839 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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
  • Mary Ann Head arrived in Port Misery aboard the ship "Duchess of Northumberland" in 1839 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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
  • Elsa Head arrived in Port Misery aboard the ship "Duchess of Northumberland" in 1839 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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
  • Eliza Head arrived in Port Misery aboard the ship "Duchess of Northumberland" in 1839 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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
  • Matilda Head arrived in Port Misery aboard the ship "Duchess of Northumberland" in 1839 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Head Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Edward Head landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • Edward Head, aged 26, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Martha Ridgeway" in 1840
  • Sarah Head, aged 23, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Martha Ridgeway" in 1840
  • John Head, aged 32, a labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Steinwarder" in 1864
  • Louisa Head, aged 31, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Steinwarder" in 1864
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Head (post 1700)


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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
  • Doris R. Head (b. 1871), American Democrat politician, Deputy sheriff; Mayor of Princeton, Indiana, 1914-18
  • Daniel O. Head, American politician, Mayor of Kenosha, Wisconsin, 1912-14
  • Chris T. Head, American Republican politician, Member of Virginia State House of Delegates 17th District; Elected 2011
  • Charles Head, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kentucky, 1960
  • Carey Head, American Libertarian politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from North Carolina 12th District, 2002
  • C. M. Head, American politician, Member of Georgia State House of Representatives from Cobb County, 1923-24
  • Albert Head, American politician, Speaker of the Iowa State House of Representatives, 1886-87
  • ... (Another 45 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Head Historic Events


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Head Historic Events




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
  • 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

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Suggested Readings for the name Head


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Suggested Readings for the name Head



  • The Head Family According to Vital Record of New Hampshire by Julia E. Head.
  • The Head Family According to Vital Records of Vermont by Julia E. Head.

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Citations


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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. ^ 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

Other References

  1. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  2. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  3. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  4. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  5. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  6. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  7. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  8. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  9. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  11. ...

The Head Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Head 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.

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