Hebden History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Hebden surname is thought to be derived from one of several place names in West Yorkshire. The place names come from the Old English "heope," or "(rose) hip," and "denu," which meant "valley." [1]

Early Origins of the Hebden family

The surname Hebden was first found in the West Riding of Yorkshire at Hebden, a township, in the parish of Linton, union of Skipton, E. division of the wapentake of Staincliffe and Ewcross. [2] [3] This township dates back to the Domesday Book where it was recorded as Hebedene. [4]

In the same West Riding, the village of Hebden Bridge which "derives its name from the river Hebden, which divides the village into two portions, communicating with each other by two neat bridges." [2] The first record for this village was in 1399 when it was recorded as Hepdenbryge. [1]

In 1120 the manor of Hebden was granted by Roger de Mowbray to Uctred de Hebden, who was a descendant of Uctred, Earl of Northumberland. The Curia Regis Rolls of 1208 lists Elias de Heppedon in 1208 and later the Feet of Fines for Yorkshire lists William de Hebbeden in 1312. [5]

The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 include Dionisius de Hebdeyn, and Adam de Hebden, Salter, was listed as a Freemen of York, 1 Edward III (during the first year of the reign of Edward III. [6]

"The Hebdens, who derive their name from more than one West Riding village, are probably for the most part descended from an ancient gentle family of Ripon during the 15th, 16th, and 17th centuries, where they frequently filled the office of wakeman and afterwards of mayor. William de Hebden was rector of Burnsall in the reign of Edward III. Baker Hebdon was warden of Hull in 1761 (Tickell's "Hull"). The Hebdens are now numerous in the district of Bedale, and they are still represented in Ripon." [7]

Further to the north in Scotland, "a family of this name possessed the island of Eday, Orkney, in the nineteenth century. [The family was] probably from one or other of the villages of the name in the West Riding of Yorkshire. William de Hebden was rector of Burnsall, Yorkshire, in the reign of Edward III." [8]

Early History of the Hebden family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hebden research. Another 148 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1220, 1612, 1670, 1738, 1755, 1763 and 1811 are included under the topic Early Hebden History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hebden Spelling Variations

Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Hebden family name include Hebden, Hebdon, Heberden, Hepden, Habton, Habdon, Hibdon, Hibden, Ebdon and many more.

Early Notables of the Hebden family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include William Hebden, Rector of Burnsall, Sir John Hebden, a Russian merchant agent for Tsar Alexis embassy to Russia for Charles II; and his son, Sir John Hebdon (1612-1670.) His father is buried at Lower Tooting in Surrey. [2] Thomas Ebdon was born at Durham in 1738. It is presumed from the circumstance of the name and date 'T. Ebdon, 1755,' still remaining, carved...
Another 68 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hebden Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Hebden migration to the United States +

For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Hebden surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Hebden Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Thomas Hebden, who settled in Virginia in 1634
  • Thomas Hebden, who landed in Maryland in 1635 [9]
  • Katherine Hebden, who arrived in Maryland in 1640 [9]
  • John Hebden, who settled in Virginia in 1651
  • John Hebden, who landed in Virginia in 1651 [9]
Hebden Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Frank Hebden, aged 37, who landed in America from England, in 1893
  • Mr. William Hebden, (b. 1875), aged 24, Cornish miner from Penzance, Cornwall, UK travelling aboard the ship "Lucania" arriving at Ellis Island, New York on 14th October 1899 en route to New York, USA [10]
Hebden Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Edward Hebden, aged 23, who landed in America, in 1905
  • Edward F. Hebden, aged 50, who immigrated to the United States from London, England, in 1908
  • Charles Hebden, aged 33, who settled in America from Bradford, England, in 1908
  • Edward Wm. Hebden, aged 1, who immigrated to the United States from Durham, England, in 1910
  • George C Hebden, aged 37, who landed in America from Scarborough, England, in 1910
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Hebden migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Hebden Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Edward F. Hebden, aged 57, who immigrated to Montreal, Canada, in 1911
  • Ellen K. Hebden, aged 46, who immigrated to Toronto, Canada, in 1911

Australia Hebden migration to Australia +

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

Hebden Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Thomas Hebden, English convict who was convicted in Beverley, East Riding, Yorkshire, England for 22 years, transported aboard the "Candahar" on 26th March 1842, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [11]
  • Mr. Edward Hebden, English convict who was convicted in York, Yorkshire, England for 8 years, transported aboard the "Clyde" on 11th March 1863, arriving in Western Australia, Australia [12]

New Zealand Hebden 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:

Hebden Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mary Jane Hebden, aged 20, a servant, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duke of Roxburgh" in 1840 [13]
  • Mr. H. Hebden, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Hydaspes" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 28th October 1868 [14]
  • Miss Fanny Hebden, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Hydaspes" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 28th October 1868 [14]

Contemporary Notables of the name Hebden (post 1700) +

  • Kieran Hebden (b. 1978), known by the stage name Four Tet, an English post-rock and electronic musician
  • Malcolm Hebden (b. 1940), English television and stage actor best known for his role in the long-running ITV soap opera "Coronation Street," two-time British Soap Award winner
  • Kat Hebden, British BAFTA Award nominated producer, known for her work on The Voice UK (19 episodes), The X Factor (7 episodes)
  • Mark Hebden (b. 1958), British chess grandmaster, British Rapidplay Chess Champion in 1990, 1994, 2001, 2005, 2009 and 2013
  • John Hebden (1712-1765), British composer from Spofforth, near Harrogate in Yorkshire, known for his Concertos of which six survive
  • Jeremy C Hebden Ph.D.,, of University College London
  • Lisa Hebden, Victoria-based Canadian artist
  • D. Hebden Porteus, American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for Hawaii, 1972 [15]

RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. Robert Hebden, American 3rd Class passenger from New Bedford, Missouri, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking [16]
  • Mrs. Clara Hebden, American 3rd Class passenger from New Bedford, Missouri, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking and was recovered [16]


The Hebden 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: Re e merito
Motto Translation: This through merit.


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  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. ^ Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  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. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  7. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  8. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  9. ^ 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)
  10. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_ellis_island_1892_on.pdf
  11. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 9th December 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/candahar
  12. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 25th February 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/clyde
  13. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 5th November 2010). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  14. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  15. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 3) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  16. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/


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